Lieutenant Bernard Shaw Harvey


Bernard Shaw Harvey was born at Cator Road, Beckenham, London, on 13 July 1888, son of silk merchant Frederick James Harvey and his wife Ethel Frances Maria (nee Shaw).

He was educated at The Abbey School, Beckenham, and Marlborough College, Wiltshire. On the outbreak of war he was living at Owermoigne, Sterte, Poole, in Dorsetshire, working as a bank clerk for the National Provincial Bank of England.

Harvey enlisted in the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (No.5037) at Lincolns Inn on 22 July 1915. He was promoted to lance corporal on 25 October and corporal on 23 November.

On 6 December 1915 he applied for a commission in the North Irish Horse. He was made a 2nd lieutenant on 8 January 1916 and posted to the North Irish Horse depot at Antrim. After almost a year he was sent to France, joining the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment in the field at Humbercourt on 26 December 1916.

The following March he was sent to GHQ for a short course in aircraft identification. However on the 15th he was diagnosed with an infectious disease and soon after evacuated to England for treatment. By June a medical board found him fit for home service and he was ordered to rejoin the regiment at Antrim. On 8 July 1917 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

It was not until the new year that Harvey was again fit for active service. He embarked for France on 5 April 1918, where he was attached to the Oxfordshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars). He served with this regiment until the end of the war.

On 11 February 1919 Lieutenant Harvey was demobilized. He resigned his commission on 19 March 1920.

After the war Harvey resumed his career with the National Provincial Bank, managing the Oxford branch from 1930 to 1948. He died at Falmouth, Cornwall, on 27 July 1973.