Harold Keith de Warrenne HARVEY

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HARVEY, Harold Keith de Warrenne

Service Number: 84
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Letterston, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, 1895
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shell Opener [pearl fisherman]
Died: Killed in action, France, 25 April 1916
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Plot I, Row B, Grave 10 Headstone Inscription "GOODNIGHT! THOUGH LIFE AND ALL TAKE FLIGHT, NEVER GOODBYE! R.I.P."
Memorials: Broome War Memorial 2
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World War 1 Service

12 Jul 1915: Involvement Corporal, SN 84, 28th Infantry Battalion
12 Jul 1915: Embarked Corporal, SN 84, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
25 Apr 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 84, 28th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Mr. Joshua Harold HARVEY, O.B.E., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., of "Marrick," Totland Bay, Isle of Wight, England.

His brother Ralph De Warrenne HARVEY also died on service and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France. He was a 2nd Lt. with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He and his brother are honoured on the Letterston War Memorial

The village of Letterston is sited near the West Pembrokeshire Coast, between St. Davids and Fishguard. The War Memorial in Letterston is sited in St. Giles' Churchyard, and commemorates the men of the village who fell during both World Wars.

The war memorial from Trecwn Chapel has also been relocated next to the Letterston Memorial, as the Chapel has been sold and converted into a house. 

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Mar 1895 Harvey Harold Keith D Haverfordwest 11a 1272.

Harold was born at Letterston, the son of Joshua Harold Harvey and Emily Jane Harvey. The family had residences at Marrick, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight and at Trevacoon, St. David's. Harold had emigrated to Australia prior to the war, where he sought his fortune as a pearl fisherman. He enlisted at Broome, Western Australia, on 5 February 1915 into the Australian Imperial Force. Harold joined the 28th Battalion, AIF, which was attached to the 7th Australian Brigade, 2nd Australian Division. Harold then embarked at Fremantle on 12 July 1915 aboard the HMAT Ascanius, and sailed to Egypt, landing at Gallipoli on 4 September 1915. He was then attached to a Machine Gun unit at Gallipoli, and remained there until being evacuated in January 1916. On 21 March 1916 Harold landed at Marseilles, now back with the 28th Battalion, and they entrained for Northern France, taking the line near Bois Grenier. Harold was killed in action here during a routine spell in the trenches on 25 April 1916. He was 22 years old, and was buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, France, in Grave I. B. 10. His younger brother , Second Lieutenant Ralph De Warenne Harvey also fell. He served with British forces- Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He and his brother are also honoured on the Wyke Regis memorial which commemorates those from World War 1 and which stands in the grounds of All Saints Church, Wyke Regis.