Henry James Harvey

Thank you to Steve Glover and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 147, Barrie, Ontario
for sharing the item below from the program of their branch opening April 8, 1957


Below is taken from his WW1 service file


Jun 29, 1896

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


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59433 (temporary number 1119)

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

Ø      Previous occupation given as Automobile Mechanic

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the battalion’s Depot Company 

He lied about his age, stating that he was born in 1895, not 1896 

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

His brother, George Harvey, attested into the battalion the following 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


Aug 28, 1915

Transferred to “B” Company from the Depot Company


Sep 2, 1915

Transferred to “D” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Dec 26, 1915

Posted to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company


Jun 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital in St. Omer with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jun 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and forfeited 50¢ per day for his hospital stay


Jun 14, 1916

Brother George was killed at Mount Sorrel


Jun 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Havre with further symptoms of VDS


Jul 21, 1916

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Havre


Aug 28, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty with the Carrying Party


Aug 29, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company Canadian Engineers for duty


Sep 12, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the field company and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on the sugar refinery at Courcelette, he received shrapnel wounds to his left leg, shoulder and scalp.  He was admitted to the No. 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and transferred the same day via the No. 11 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 20 Canadian General Hospital in Dannes Camiers where 3 different surgeries were performed to remove shrapnel.


Sep 28, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Wharncliffe War Hospital in Sheffield where surgery was performed to remove dead bone and tissue from his scalp and leg 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital in Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Middlesex


Feb 28, 1917

Discharged to the CCAC hospital in St. Leonard’s on Sea to continue his recovery


Mar 7, 1917

Attached to the CPC (Canadian Postal Corps) for duty at Regents Park


Mar 10, 1917

Attached to the CPC in London for duty


May 30, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the CPC and detailed to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) Depot Company at Seaford


Jun 15, 1917

Ceased to be detailed to the Depot Company and attached to the CASC (Canadian Army Service Corps)


Jun 20, 1917

Ceased to attached to the CASC and detailed for duty with the EORD Depot Company in Seaford


Jul 5, 1917

Posted to the CPC in London


Jul 12, 1917

Attached to the 3rd Reserve Brigade for duty


Jul 20, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant without pay while employed in the brigade postal section


Feb 6, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private and attached to the Postal Detail for the 5th Canadian Division


Feb 12, 1918

Attached to the 13th Canadian Infantry Brigade


Mar 6, 1918

Ceased to be attached and returned to the Canadian Postal Corps for duty


Apr 17, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private on transfer to the Canadian Field Artillery


Sep 7, 1918

Posted to the 16th Brigade, CFA (Canadian Field Artillery) and assigned to the 68th Battery CFA


Sep 20, 1918

Embarked the HMT Stephen in Dundee, Scotland as part of the NREF (North Russia Expeditionary Force)


Oct 1, 1918

Disembarked in Archangel, Russia and proceeded to Bakaritza


Jun 11, 1919

Embarked the HMT Czaritza

On arrival in England he proceeded to Ripon, Yorkshire, pending return to Canada


Jul 5, 1919

SOS the OMFC on proceeding to Canada, embarking the SS Carmania in Liverpool


Jul 12, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec


Jul 15, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec 

Ø      Rank on discharge Gunner

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 296214

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 531 Albert St., Ottawa, Ontario 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 18 Empress Ave., Ottawa, Ontario 

Henry Harvey served during WW2 in the RCASC (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps)


  Henry Harvey passed away March 1, 1987 and is buried in the Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario

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