Hudson Alexander Harvey

Feb 27, 1896

Born in Metapedia, New Brunswick to Joseph and Francis “Fannie” (nee Chambers) Harvey


Sep 10, 1915

Attested into the 64th Battalion in Sussex, New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 445673

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Joseph Harvey, mother, Campbellton, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Shingle Bundler

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The battalion trained in Halifax, Nova Scotia and supplied troops to the internment camp in Amherst, Nova Scotia


Oct 21, 1915

Transferred to the 55th Battalion in Valcartier, Quebec and assigned to “A” Company


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Apr 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

After leaving the CBD, Private Harvey joined the 21st Battalion in the front line T & R trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 28, 1916

During heavy fighting at Regina Trench, Private Harvey received a concussion from the explosion of a nearby shell.  He was first evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid then transferred to the rest station at the No. 5 CFA for recovery


Oct 10, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station and rejoined the battalion


Jan 17, 1917

During the Calonne Trench Raid, he received slight wounds and was evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for treatment


Jan 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion


Jul 28, 1917

Attached to the CMGC (Canadian Machine Gun Company) for duty


Aug 29, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the machine gun company


Sep 11, 1917

Attached to the 4th CTMB (Canadian Trench Mortar Battery) for duty


Sep 20, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 28, 1917

Rejoined the TMB from leave


Dec 9, 1917

While carrying ammunition to the Stokes Guns of the 4th CTMB, Private Harvey was wounded in the leg by shrapnel from the explosion of an enemy shell and evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for first aid.


Dec 10, 1917

Private Harvey died from shock at the dressing station as a result of his wounds and was buried in the nearby Aux Rietz Military Cemetery.  This was later renamed the La Targette British Cemetery.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. JM Harvey, Christopher Ave., Campbellton, New Brunswick 

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


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