James "Jim" Hickson Harvey


Aug 14, 1890

Born in Tyldesley, Lancashire, England to Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Yates) Harvey


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59435 (temporary number 1119)

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Harvey, mother, Hillier, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Machine Gun Section 

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


Nov 16, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant in the Machine Gun Section


Feb 20, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia


Mar 16, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


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 6, 1915

Forfeits 1 days pay for absence


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant




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

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company


May 28, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Machine Gun Company while attending the Machine Gun Course in Wisques, south-west of St. Omer


Jun 12, 1916

Admitted to the No. 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Havre with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jul 20, 1916

Transferred to the No. 7 Stationary Hospital


Jul 21, 1916

Discharged from hospital to be treated as an out-patient while at the Base Depot in Havre


Aug 3, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and remained at the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, and given medical category “TB” meaning that he was only fit for temporary base duty


Aug 20, 1916

Medical Board gives him a “C” Category meaning that he is not fit for combat duty and posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in Folkestone, England


Aug 21, 1916

Admitted to the West Cliff Canadian Ear and Eye Hospital, Folkestone, for treatment of Otitis Media, severe hearing loss


Sep 5, 1916

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 23, 1916

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom for 4 weeks of physical training


Oct 24, 1916

Medical Board declares him to be recovered from the Otitis Media


Oct 30, 1916

Discharged to duty and reported to the CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St. Leonard’s Hospital for light duties


Dec 2, 1916

Placed under arrest and held in custody pending Court Martial


Jan 22, 1917

Tried by District Court Martial for:

  1. Drunk
  2. Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline
  3. Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline

He was found guilty on all 3 charges and sentenced to be reduced to the rank of Private and forfeiture of 46 days pay


Mar 2, 1917

Medical Board declares him to be fit for full duty


Mar 9, 1917

Ceased to be employed at St. Leonard’s Hospital and reported to the CMGCD (Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot) in Crowborough


Mar 10, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jul 16, 1917

Forfeited 6 days pay for being AWL


Jul 18, 1917

Medical exam held in the No. 2 Eastern General Hospital, Brighton makes note of his right perforated ear and marked deafness in that ear.  He also complains of attacks of vertigo


Oct 7, 1917

Granted permission to marry Elsie Mary Huggett, 7 Brecon Terrace, Rotherfield, England


Oct 17, 1917

On a questionnaire that he filled in, he declared that he had been a member of the Secret Service


Dec 13, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting CSM (Company Sergeant Major)


Sep 5, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Sep 16, 1918

Attended the Fire Course at the Aldershot Camp


Jan 9, 1919

On Command to the #3 Wing in Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 13, 1919

Admitted to the #9 Canadian General Hospital, Kinmel Park with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and placed on the seriously ill list


Jan 23, 1919

Sergeant Harvey died in hospital at 12.40 am.  An autopsy determined that he died of heart failure which was an indirect result of a previous condition that was aggravated by the onset of influenza.  He was buried in the Rotherfield Burial Grounds, Sussex, England

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Mary Harvey, Milk Lodge Farm, Rotherfield, Sussex, England

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Harvey, Hillier, Ontario


Sergeant Harvey is honoured on the Picton, Ontario War Memorial under the list of those killed in action from the town of Hillier

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