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HARVEY R.C.

HARVEY R.C.

Lieutenant Robert Clive Harvey.

1st/4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 4th Battalion on the 4th September 1914 and a Lieutenant on the 8th September 1915. He served as an Acting Adjutant and Brigade Intelligence Officer.

Killed in action on the 13th October 1915 aged 19 years.

He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel Ref: Panel 42 to 44

Son of Robert and Anna Maria Catharina Harvey and brother to Charles Robert Harvey and George Jordens Harvey.

Named on the War Memorial, Parish Church Roll of Honour and Parish Church Triptych Roll of Honour.


The War Diary for today records:
At noon our artillery started to bombard. At 1.00pm our smoke and gas started. At 1.50pm smoke and gas stopped. At 2.00pm artillery lifted and Battn assaulted the HOHENZOLLERN REDOUBT. Lt Col R.E.MARTIN was wounded early but remained in the fire trench directing operations for nearly 24 hours and until-?-to the dressing station by Brig Gen KEMP. All officers of the Battn killed or wounded.
The War Diary entry for the following day the 14th October records:
In the evening the Battn was relieved by part of the 139th Bde and went back to the LANCASHIRE TRENCH. Roll call revealed that 188 NCO's and men returned. The Official History of the War-Military Operations (France and Belgium 1915 Volume II) provided the following statistics for the 1st/4th Battn Leicestershire Regiment, officers killed 20, other ranks killed 453. Total losses for the day were 138th Bde 64 officers and 1,476 other ranks. 137th Bde 68 officers and 1,478 other ranks.

Losses suffered by the Leicestershire Regiment at the Battle of the Hohenzollern Redoubt are known as 'Leicester's Darkest Day' and is remembered each year on its anniversary. The silver candlesticks, named after 12 officers killed in battle are displayed in remembrance. Lieutenant Harvey has a silver candlestick in his memory.

His Commission Documents and personal papers are in the collection of the Leicester City Museums Service.

Officers from the 1/4th Leicestershire Regiment in October 1914.
2nd Lieutenant Robert Clive Harvey front row 2nd from right.

LOOS MEMORIAL

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