George S. Harvey


May 16, 1894

Born in Ottawa, Ontario to Shedrick and Edith (nee Richtor) Harvey


Nov 14, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59432 (temporary number 1012)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Edith Harvey, mother, 40 Empress Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø      Previous military experience given as Ottawa Guards for 1 year

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries 

George’s brother, Henry James Harvey attested into the 21st Battalion the previous day


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 21, 1915

Assigned for duty with the battalion’s Sanitary Police


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company for duty


Mar 29, 1916

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent from his 2 pm shift and for refusing to go on shift at 9 pm.  This was reduced by 11 days shortly after. 

It should be noted that the battalion was in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium at the time


May 7, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 5 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Fernunculosis (boils)


May 9, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA and transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station with a diagnosis that reads Defective Vision


May 18, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jun 14, 1916

While in the front line trenches 33 to 38 in Sanctuary Wood at Mount Sorrel, the battalion came under intense German artillery fire.  Private George Harvey was killed during that barrage and was buried in the Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. E. Harvey, 40 Empress Ave., Ottawa, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Shedrick Harvey, at the same address


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