WILLIAM ROBERT COLLIS HARVEY

Photograph courtesy of Roger and Freda. 

Original grave site.

Born: 1898, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd August 1917; age: 18; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 29, Gainsborough Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: London; Date: 13th July 1915; Age: 17 years & 3 months; Occupation: Student; Religion: Congregational; Signed up for the Duration of the War. Next of Kin: mother – Eleanor Harvey. Height: 5ft 7 1/2ins.

Sickness: Impetigo – 11th September – 28th September 1916,

 

Rank: Sapper/Wireless Operator; Service Number: 108351

Regiment: Royal Engineers, ‘B’ Corps Signal Coy.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

VII.J.37.

Railway Dugouts Cemetery,

Zillebeke,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur J. & Eleanor E. Harvey, of 29, Gainsborough Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   6, Chenery Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 2 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Arthur James Harvey, 32, a Plumber – Steam & Hot Water Engineer & Bell Hanger – employer, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Eleanor Elizabeth Harvey (nee Collis), 36, born Sudbury, Suffolk.

Grace Mary Harvey, 6, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Gladys Julia Harvey, 2 months, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

The Harvey family photograph 1903-4  (William far right)

1911   2, Neale Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 12 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Arthur, 42, a Hot Water Engineer – employer.

Eleanor, 46.

Grace, 16.

Gladys, 10.

 

On the 15th December 1917 William’s family received his personal effects:

Disc, letter, photos, 2 pocket books, wrist watch, fountain pen, 1 Religious book & a letter case.

 

On the 24th November 1921, Arthur J. Harvey received his late son’s Victory & British War medals.

A family note:

During a family visit to Gladys Harvey (William’s sister) in the 1980’s at her home in Bolton. Freda and Roger’s son was invited to choose a book to keep from her bookcase. He was interested in Captain Cook and chose a book about the explorer and seafarer. The book turned out to be William’s school prize presented to him in 1910.

 Now known as Northgate School

                    William’s sister, Miss Gladys Julia Harvey, was a pioneer of nursery education in Bolton, Lancashire. She has a building, the early leaning centre, named after her in Bolton.

 

William is also remembered on the war memorial under Education at the Town Hall, Ipswich.

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Roger visiting Ipswich on the 100th anniversary of William’s death.

Royal Engineers, ‘B’ Corps Signal Coy:

 

 

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