Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Peter Yarborough Harkness

Photo of Peter Yarborough Harkness
House and time at Malvern: No 7, 1898 - 1900.

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regt.
Died: 01 July 1916 aged 32 in France. Killed in action in France.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial PIER/FACE 2A, 2C and 2D

Son of Rev. H. L. Harkness, Hove, Brighton. b. 1884.
Shell—Lower V. House XI Cricket.
Captain 4th West Yorkshire Regt. (Special Reserve) 1908.
Great War, mobilised914
2nd Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

The Times: "Captain Harkness held a commission in the West Yorkshire Regiment at the outbreak of the war, and saw active service in the earlier engagements. He was injured at Neuve Chapelle owing to a fall from his horse, and was invalided home. He had only recently re-joined his regiment when he fell in action on July 1st."
His Colonel writes : " He was in command of the two leading companies, and led them with great coolness right up to the enemy's trenches when he was killed by a shell. To him and his fine example during the battle is greatly due the splendid reputation the Battalion gained in this action." (Malvernian, Jul 1916).

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