William Horace Harvey

M, #1304, b. 27 Jun 1892, d. 21 Aug 1918
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Father*William Harvey1 b. between 6 Apr 1856 and 4 Apr 1858, d. 1 Jul 1896
Mother*Elizabeth Maria Marshall1 b. 8 Jun 1863, d. before 15 May 1926
     William Horace Harvey was born on 27 Jun 1892 in Debenham, Suffolk, England.2 He was the son of William Harvey and Elizabeth Maria Marshall.1 His birth was registered in the Sep 1892 quarter in the Bosmere registration district.3 William Horace Harvey died on 21 Aug 1918 in Calais, Pas De Calais, France, at age 26; during WW1.1 He was buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne, Calais, Pas De Calais, France; V. K. 26.1


DateHead of HouseholdHousehold
31 Mar 1901Elizabeth Maria MarshallWilliam Horace Harvey was listed as a member of the household of Elizabeth Maria Marshall in the 1901 census in Chapel Row, Debenham, Suffolk, England. Other people in the household include Ellen Elizabeth Marshall, Albert William Harvey, Ethel May Harvey, George Lewis Harvey and Arthur Bertie Harvey.4

Military History

  • Circa 1915 William Horace Harvey and Albert William Harvey aquired a Propaganda Iron Cross; Note From Suzie: This Propaganda Iron Cross could have belonged to either of the 2 brothers Albert or William. However I am inclined to believe that, as William did not return, it is more likely that it belonged to Albert.5
  • On 28 Oct 1916 William was awarded the Military Medal for bravery; For continuous good work and devotion to duty since the start of the war.

    At FESTUBERT in Oct 1914 assisted to keep up communications between Battn HQ and the firing line under shell fire and working in the open. Carried back a wounded man from the firing line to the Dressing Station across the open under shell, rifle and machine gun fire at FESTUBERT in Oct 1914.

    Mended telephone wires under heavy shell fire during the German attack at ST. ELOI in March 1915.

    Volunteered to guide a stretcher bearer party to attend the German wounded, which necessitated going up the railway cutting at HILL 60, under heavy shell fire in April 1915.

    Recommended for Military Medal. Awarded Oct 28th 1916.6,5,7
  • On 21 Aug 1918 William Horace Harvey was a Lance Corporal, Serial Number 8747 and served in the Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.8
  • On 21 Aug 1918 William Horace Harvey was a Private, Serial Number 8747 and served in the Norfolk Regiment,1st Battalion.1
  • On 27 Nov 1919 William was awarded the Victory Medal.9
  • On 27 Nov 1919 William was awarded the British War Medal.9
  • On 27 Nov 1919 William was awarded the 1914 Star; with Clasp.10
  • He was commemorated on 1 Mar 1920 on The War Memorial, Debenham, Suffolk, England.11
Last Edited=2 Jan 2017


  1. [S19] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org) "http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/590092/."
  2. [S631] Copy birth certificate of William Horace Harvey, born 27th June, 1892, registered 7th August, 1892 in the Registration District of Bosmere (unknown repository, unknown gro index ref) "unknown cd."
  3. [S11] General Record Office Indexes to Births, 1837 - 2005 (General Register Office) "Sep 1892 Bosmere 4a 806."
  4. [S3] Online image of the 1901 Census for England & Wales (1901 Census - England & Wales, http://www.ancestry.co.uk) "Class: RG13; Piece: 1768; Folio: 77; Page: 16."
  5. [S306] Private papers of Trevor John Harvey, 1920 - 2013 (unknown repository, unknown repository reference) "unknown cd."
  6. [S437] Unknown record type of William Horace Harvey, Norfolk Regiment, WW1 (Norfolk Regimental Museum) "unknown cd."
  7. [S41] Unknown author, 'unknown article title', The London Gazette, unknown date (London Gazette, unknown repository reference) "Gazette Issue 29805, Page 10480."
  8. [S314] Soldiers Died In The Great War of William Horace Harvey, Norfolk Regiment, 1914 - 1920 (Ancestry, Soldiers Died In WW1) "unknown cd."
  9. [S305] Medal Card of William H Harvey, Norfolk Regiment, 1914-1920 (The Western Front Association, WW1 Medal Index Cards) "Roll K/1/102B9 Page 1637."
  10. [S305] Medal Card of William H Harvey, Norfolk Regiment, 1914-1920 (The Western Front Association, WW1 Medal Index Cards) "Roll K/1/1 Page 66, Clasp 1/298."
  11. [S120] Monumental inscription in the Church of (Churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene) "unknown cd."