King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Harrower, Alan Pat

Lieutenant ▪ 12th Northumberland Fusiliers

Alan Pat Harrower, born on 25th October 1895, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1907, and was awarded a Foundation Scholarship in 1909. Alan was the youngest child of Alexander, a jeweller, and Mary, of 16, Linden Road, Bournville. His elder brother, Alexander, also an Old Edwardian, served with the South Wales Borderers as a Captain during the war. The brothers originally enlisted together in the Seaforth Highlanders.

At School, Alan was a strong scientist and an occasional athlete, placing second in the Under 12 100 yards flat race in 1907 with a time of 19.2 seconds.

In 1914, Alan enlisted in the 5th Seaforth Highlanders as a Private Soldier. In January 1915, he gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 12th Northumberland Fusiliers, and was sent to France later that year. Between 1915 and 1918, he was wounded three times and was also promoted to Lieutenant. On 21st March 1918, he was taken prisoner at Roisel after volunteering to take up reinforcements even though he had already sustained a wound. He died five days later in German hands, and is buried in Roisel Communal Cemetery, France. He left his estate of £256 to his brother, and his mother requested his medals in 1922.