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James Francis (Frank) Harvey

3-James Francis (Frank) Harvey was born on 28 Dec 1891 in Osmaston and died on 26 Aug 1959 in Sheffield at age 67. He served in the First World War.

James Francis Harvey
James Francis Harvey
Weekly Courier 17 Jun 1915: Driver J. F. Harvey, son of Mr. Jas. Harvey, West Kentish

Frank had served as a trooper in the "Third Light Horse" for three years in the First World War, but was badly gassed and suffered a great deal. He was discharged and eventually received a Repat pension.

He was dismayed on returning home from his war service to find that his father had used for the farm, money which Frank had been sending home to be banked in anticipation of bringing out to marry, a Scottish lass Jeannie, but the money was all gone and so his plans came to nothing. He later developed affection for a cousin whom he would have married but family opposition vetoed that, so he lived as a lonely disillusioned bachelor/recluse, dying in 1959 at the age of 68. For some years he farmed at Claude Road, Sheffield and later ran stock on Mt. Roland which he leased from the government.

His war records show:

Regimental number 3348

Religion

Church of England

Occupation

Farmer

Address

c/o J Harvey, West Kentish, Sheffield, Tasmania

Marital status

Single

Age at embarkation

22

Next of kin

Father, Jas Harvey, West Kentish, Tasmania

Enlistment date

18 September 1914

Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll

19 September 1914

Rank on enlistment

Driver

Unit name

Field Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 1

AWM Embarkation Roll number

13/31/2

Embarkation details

Unit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Thirty-Seven on 21 December 1914

Rank from Nominal Roll

Driver

Unit from Nominal Roll

2nd Field Artillery Brigade

Fate

Returned to Australia 10 August 1918