Crate Cottage | Kingsbury Episcopi Parish

Vincent Harvey


The forgotten soldier Crate Cottage | Kingsbury Episcopi Parish

Rank, service number and regiment

Private 54179 12th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Enlisted

10 December 1915, Yeovil

Home address

Probably Crate Cottage, K.E. Vincent’s brother lived in Crate Cottage and family anecdotes point to Crate Cottage as the home of Vincent as well.

Date of death

15 October 1917

Age of death

26 years

Circumstances of death

The 12th Battalion was engaged in 1st Battle of Passchendaele, within the context of the overall 3rd Battle of Ypres, and were in trenches in Polygon Wood south- east of Ypres. They were under constant attack from artillery shells and aerial bombardment. Between 14th and 16th October the Battalion had 99 casualties, of which 25 were deaths – and one of these was Vincent.

Where buried

Vincent’s body was never recovered. The terrain around Passchendaele was saturated from constant rain and churned up from shelling. Vincent is commemorated on panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162A on Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing of Passchendaele, Belgium. The Tyne Cot Memorial commemorates 35,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in battle after 16 August 1917. Those who fell before this date are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

Date of birth & full name

10th January 1891.GEORGE VINCENT HARVEY

Occupation

Journeyman Baker on 1911 census. Farm Labourer on his 1915 army attestation form.

Parents

Henry and Susan Harvey (nee Talbot), of K.E. Henry was a carpenter.

Spouse & children

Mabel Clark. They married in Huish Episcopi on 7 January 1914.
Mabel was the daughter of Gilbert and Ann Clark (nee Bambury).
Gilbert was a labourer and Mabel was a ‘domestic’ according to the 1911 census.
Mabel & Vincent had two children:-
Thomas Edward Harvey – born 28 March 1914
Ella Christine Harvey – born 4 October 1915

Awards

British War Medal & Victory Medal.

Other information

In 1919 Mabel re-married, to Samuel E Cornish. He had served with the Royal Garrison Artillery but had been invalided out on 23 April 1918 because of burns to face and hands sustained in the line of duty.
Mabel died in 1934 aged 43 and Samuel died in 1968 aged 72.
Vincent’s great-niece was given an official invitation to the Centenary Commemorations at Paschendaele in 2018. She and her daughter found Vincent’s name on the Tyne Cot Memorial, see photo below.