Commander Matthew James Harrison RN (Royal Navy).
22 July1846 and died 26 June 1926 in British Columbia.
Son of: James Park Harrison and Julia Harrison (nee Heath, 1807-1879).
Matthew was an only child.
Matthew married: Lucy Wedgwood (1846-1919), daughter of Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline Wedgwood (nee Darwin), 29 April 1874.
Matthew and Lucy had issue:
1. Geoffrey Richard Harrison (1876-1882).
2. Lt Comd Thomas Edmund Harrison (1879-1914), who married Maud Winifred Harrison (nee Godman. 1881-1962).
3 Ann Dorothea Gooch (nee Harrison, 1877-1950), known as Nancy, who married Maj John Sherlock Gooch (1865-1929) known as Jack.
4. Lucy Ursula Houghton (nee Harrison, 1884-1931), who married Arthur Case Houghton (1866-1936).
5. Lt. Commander George Basil Harrison (1882-1915).
Commander Matthew James Harrison: An Overview
The following overview of Matthew was written by Robina Arbuthnott (his great grand-daughter).
Mathew James Harrison married Lucy Wedgwood who was the daughter of Josiah Wedgwood of Leith Hill Place Dorking. Lucy's sister Margaret married Arthur Vaughan Williams and their son Ralph was therefore Mathew and Lucy's nephew. Lucy's Uncle was Charles Darwin and would often send her notes at Leith Hill asking her to do experiments for him!! Lucy had quite a lot to do with Ralph's earliest music lessons because Arthur died early so Margaret and her two sons returned to Leith Hill Place. Mathew James Harrison and Lucy had three sons and two daughters. The eldest Geoffrey died at the age of 6 from scarlet fever, Thomas my Grandfather married Maud Winifred Godman of Muntham Itchingfield Nr Horsham and had 3 children Geoffrey Wedgwood, Isabel and Sophie. Both Thomas and his brother Basil (who was not married) were killed in their ships in the first world war in 1914.
A note from John Callcut states:
Lt. Commander George Basil Harrison, was killed when HMS Natal blew up in mysterious circumstances in Cromarty Forth on the 30th December 1915.
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