Harvie, Edward Alexander Gordon

Youngest son of Edgar Christmas Harvie and Caroline Mary Harvie, of Leinster Square, London, and one of three Wykehamist brothers. On leaving Winchester he decided upon a career as an electrical engineer and entered the Central Technical College in South Kensington.

Shortly after the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Public Schools Company of the Royal Naval Division and went with them to Gallipoli. He was invalided home with typhoid and on his recovery received a commission with them. He went to France on 1st September 1916, and fell in action near Beaumont Hamel on November 13th of the same year.

In a second attempt to capture the village of Beaumont Hamel, where the Germans were well dug in, a further attack was scheduled for 5.45 a.m. on the morning of 13th November 1916. The troops went over the top in four waves, in very thick mist and No Man’s Land was muddy and full of shell holes. They came under heavy artillery and machine gun fire and half the casualties occurred before the first line of trenches was reached. It was at some time during this action that Harvie was killed. He has no known grave.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Harvie
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Alexander Gordon
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1901-1905
  • Rank: Sub-Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Naval Division
  • Date of Birth: 7th September 1887
  • Date of Death: 13th November 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL: Pier and Face 1A