This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment: 1914
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 193148
- Rank: Pioneer
- Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
- Unit/Ship: No3 Special Company
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 20
- Date of Death: 31.07.1917
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 9
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: South Shields, County Durham
- Address: 98 Princes Street, Dundee
Margaret Harper, 98 Princes St, Dundee
More about Thomas Harper
Thomas has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.
Thomas Harper 193148 Royal Engineers
GALLANT DUNDEE SOLDIER FALLS.
Mrs Harper, 98 Princes Street, Dundee, has been informed of the death in action of her son Private Thomas Harper, Royal Engineers.
The news is contained in a letter from a comrade in which he states that Private Harper was in the act of rescuing a badly wounded officer when he fell a victim to shrapnel from a shell which burst near him.
Private Harper was only 20 years of age. He enlisted on the day war was declared, and had seen all the biggest engagements on the western front. A younger brother, James, enlisted when only 16, and took part in the Mons retreat.
Dundee Courier 9th August 1917
Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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