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John Harold Bacchus


Harry Bacchus was born on 11th February 1875 in Sarawak, Borneo, the son of Mary Constance Bacchus, and the late George Henry Bacchus.

Harry was educated at Clifton College during 1887 and 1888. He lived at 20 Vyvyan Terrace, Clifton. He appears in the 1893-94 Clifton XV photograph. The family emigrated to Australia in 1899. They sold their property at South Sydney Harbour and moved to Otaki, New Zealand in 1902 and he became a farmer.

Back Row (L-R): W.James, F.Belson, N.Cooper, H.B.F.Bingham, W.Bunbury, W.P.Gwynne, A.B.Cridland, T.Jones. Front Row: W.W.Vaughan, B.H.Belson, W.J.Lias, C.W.W.James, H.L.Norrington, H.Bacchus, C.Rogers.

Above Clifton XV 1893-94 with an 18 year old Harry Bacchus.

Both brothers played for Clifton in the 1893-1894 season.

He served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and died with his brother, Ralph Lancelot Bacchus, on the Somme battlefield. On 15 th September 1916 the brothers were detailed from the front line to carry the wounded back to the Casualty Station and while doing this, a shell exploded very near to them killing both brothers and the man they were carrying. They had only arrived on the Western Front 6 weeks before their death.

Above both brothers are commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley New Zealand Memorial, Somme, France

Harry left a wife Sabie Ruth (nee Skerman)

Images courtesy “Adopt an Anzac Project”.

His name on the Clifton College Memorial Arch.

Above the Clifton College Memorial arch at the entrance to Clifton College in 2008.