Harvey, James

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James Harvey

Captain, 1/7th  The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) (Territorial Force)
Killed in action, 16 May 1915, aged 27
No known grave (Le Touret Memorial, France)

CWGC registered (Son of James Eugene Harvey and Mary Cooper Harvey, of “Elmsdale”, Greenbank Drive, Liverpool)

Captain James Harvey has no local memorial though he is remembered with two brothers, one of whom died in infancy (John) and another who also died in the Great War (William – qv), in St. Tudno’s Churchyard. There is no indication that James Harvey ever lived in Llandudno and this page has been included for interest only.

James Harvey was the son of James Eugene Harvey and Mary Cooper Harvey (née Henderson). James Eugene Harvey was a timber merchant and JP in Liverpool. The Harveys clearly enjoyed a close connection with Llandudno for in 1897, James Eugene’s sisters, described as “frequent visitors to the town,” presented a lychgate to St. Tudno’s Church in memory of their father (another James). Census records for 1891 show nine of the family, including James aged two, at lodgings in 3 Nevill Crescent, Llandudno.

James was born in Liverpool on 6 May 1888. The 1901 census records the family and four servants living at 97 Ullet Road, Liverpool; James was aged 12 and William was aged 8. James attended Rugby School and Oxford University and on 28 February 1907, he received a commission in the Volunteer Corps as a second lieutenant in the 4th Volunteer Battalion of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. On 1 April 1908, the Battalion became part of the newly-formed Territorial Force, James being gazetted as a lieutenant. The 1911 census records him as living at the family home of “Elmsdale”, Greenbank Drive, Liverpool and working in the family business as a wood salesman aged 22. On 13 May 1912, James was promoted to the rank of captain, his unit now being the 7th Battalion KLR (Territorial Force).

On the outbreak of war, the 7th KLR, based at Bootle, split into the 1/7th and the 2/7th, the former consisting of those who were prepared serve abroad. The 1/7th, including Captain James Harvey, landed at Le Havre on 8 March 1915.

James Harvey was killed in action on 16 May 1915 at the Battle of Festubert aged 27. He has no known grave.

Known memorials:

  • Le Touret Memorial, France
  • Family plot, St. Tudno’s Churchyard, Great Orme

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