Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Bernard Sydney Harvey

Photo of Bernard Sydney Harvey
House and time at Malvern: No 3, 1903 - 1907.

Regiment: London Regt.
Died: 01 July 1916 aged 28 in France. Killed at Gommecourt.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial PIER/FACE 9D

Son of Walter Sydney and Florence Harvey, of 9, Vale Court, Maida Vale, London and 24 Westbourne Terrace Road, W. b. 1888.
Lower VVI. School Prefect. Ledbury Cap ; XI Football; House XI Cricket.
Trinity College, Oxford ; Third Class Class. Mods. 1909 ; B.A. 1910;
Assistant Master at St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 1st/5th Bn. London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade). 1914, Captain.

'An earnestness of purpose, crowned with an attractive personality, endeared Bernard Harvey to all who knew him. He set a fine example of loyalty to school and house, and he never spared himself to make others share his true enjoyment of life. At Oxford he figured prominently on the river, and interested himself deeply in the Trinity College Mission. He chose school-mastering as his profession, and returned to his former school, St. Andrew's, Eastbourne. At the outbreak of war he applied for and received a commission in the 5th Battalion of the London Regiment. He was wounded in May, 1915. Early this year he was promoted to be Captain. He was killed in action on July 1st. His General writes: "One of my men says he was with Captain Harvey when he was hit in the shoulder, but he still continued to lead his men and cheer them on. He was wounded again, and in the evening when conducting the retirement he and others had to get through some wire; in doing so a noise was made that attracted the attention of the enemy, and the end came at once."' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).

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