Brice Harkness was the son of Thomas and Margaret Harkness. Brice was born on 9th January 1915 in Lismoney, Cookstown. It is believed he was the youngest of at least six children. Brice lived in Belfast and served with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War He was on duty in Belfast on the night of the 7/8th April 1941 when the German Luftwaffe attacked Belfast for the first time. One of the largest fires on the night was at the McCue Dick Timber Yard in Duncrue Street and it was here he and another man were killed when a parachute mine exploded.