William Frederick James Harriss

(1914 - 1942)

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William Frederick James Harriss
1914 - 1942
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c. 1914
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February 15, 1942
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William Frederick James Harriss was born c. 1914. He died on February 15, 1942 at age 28.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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William Frederick James Harriss
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Singapore Memorial Column 137. in Singapore
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Service number: nx52170
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Australian Army Service Corps
Unit/ship/squadron: A.i.f. 8 Div.
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William Frederick James Harriss passed away on February 15, 1942 at 28 years old. He was buried in Singapore Memorial Column 137., Singapore. He was born c. 1914. We are unaware of information about William's family or relationships.

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In 1914, in the year that William Frederick James Harriss was born, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1920, at the age of only 6 years old, William was alive when the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1927, when he was merely 13 years old, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1933, by the time he was 19 years old, on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1942, in the year of William Frederick James Harriss's passing, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

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