Kenneth Harrison

Kenneth Harrison was born in Bolton on 28 April 1915.

He was the son of Henry M and Myra Harrison of 11 Chadwick Street, Bolton.

His father, Henry M Harrison, was a mining engineer and ran the Engineering Service Company, Market Street, Bolton, where Kenneth worked after leaving School.

Kenneth was a talented amateur magician, performing under the stage name of Cardex, and was - at the time - the youngest amateur member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.


Kenneth's War

Kenneth served in the RAF with 12 Squadron as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

In 1941 12 Squadron flew from RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire and was mostly engaged in anti-shipping operations using Wellington bombers.

He was killed on the return leg of an operation on 15 August 1941. His body was returned to Bolton for burial in Tonge Cemetery.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
22 August 1941

Killed After Raid on Germany

Known to have accomplished at east 20 trips over the Continent, including Germany and low-flying attacks on ships at Brest, Sergt. Kenneth Harrison, 11, Chadwick-st, only son of Mr H M Harrison and Mrs Myra Harrison (Madame Myra Dixon) was killed on returning from a raid early on Friday. Joining the RAF as a volunteer in May 1940, he declined opportunities of being an instructor in his determination to be a fighting member of an air crew, and gained a credit pass in both wireless and air gunnery, in which capacities he served with Bomber Command. For the attack on Brest his squadron commander received the DFC.

Sergt. Harrison, who was 21, was educated at the Church Institute, and at the time of joining the Forces was in the employ of his father at the Engineering Service Company, Market-st. From boyhood he had taken a deep interest in magical entertainment and had established a local reputation in platform work under the pseudonym of “Cardex”. In this capacity he gave many entertainments to troops and he was a member of the Magi (Manchester branch) and the youngest amateur member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Several professionals took a friendly interest in him and a wide circle of friends in the town will extend sympathy to his parents in their loss. The funeral of Sergt. Harrison took place on Tuesday at Tonge Cemetery.

Bolton Journal and Guardian
22 August 1941

Roll of Honour

Harrison – On active service, Sgt. KENNETH HARRISON (RAF), aged 21 years, dearly loved son of H M and Myra HARRISON of Rosneath, 11, Chadwick-st.



Kenneth Harrison

Kenneth Harrison

Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.): 1051557

12 Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Born: Bolton c.1920

Died: 15 August 1941

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