Norman Harvey

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Norman Harvey
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Born 6 April 1899
Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire
Died 16 February 1942 (aged 42)
Haifa, Israel
Buried at Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Haifa
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Company quartermaster sergeant
Unit The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Royal Engineers
Battles/wars World War I
World War II 
Awards Victoria Cross

Norman Harvey VC (6 April 1899 –16 February 1942) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He re-enlisted in World War II and was killed in action.

Early life[edit]

Harvey was born 6 April 1899 to Charles William and Mary Harvey. He married Nora Osmond.[1]

World War I[edit]

Harvey was 19 years old, and a Private in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when on 25 October 1918 at Ingoyghem, Belgium, he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross:

Citation[edit]

No. 42954 Pte. Norman Harvey, 1st Bn., R. Innis. Fus. (Newton-le-Willows).

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Ingoyghen on the 25th October, 1918, when his battalion was held up and suffered heavy casualties from enemy machine guns. On his own initiative he rushed forward and engaged the enemy single-handed, disposing of twenty enemy and capturing two guns. Later, when his company was checked by another enemy strong point, he again rushed forward alone and put the enemy to flight.

Subsequently, after dark, he voluntarily carried out, single-handed; an important reconnaissance and gained valuable information. Pte. Harvey throughout the day displayed the greatest valour, and his several actions enabled the line to advance, saved many casualties, and inspired all.

World War II[edit]

Harvey enlisted into the Royal Engineers in 1939 and joined 199 Railway Workshop Company. He was promoted to Company Quartermaster-Sergeant in April 1941. He was killed in action, near Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel) on 16 Feb 1942.[3][4]

Victoria Cross[edit]

Harvey's Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Harvey's grave in Khayat Beach cemetery, Haifa, Israel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvey, Norman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31108. p. 308. 3 January 1919. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  3. ^ RIR info
  4. ^ CWGC entry