Harbord, Stephen Gordon


He was the son of Reverend Harry Harbord, of Colwood Park, Bolney and entered Southgate House (Hawkins’) from Horris Hill as an Exhibitioner. In 1907, he went to King’s College, London: his original intention was to become an engineer, but he changed his mind and in 1912, he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery (Special Reserve).

He went to France with the original British Expeditionary Force and took part in all the early actions of the war, being invalided home for a brief period in June 1915. In the autumn of the same year, he returned to France as Adjutant to a brigade of the R.F.A., and subsequently held an appointment for many months on the Divisional Staff. He was awarded the M.C. two months before his death and was mentioned in Despatches.

He fell on August 14th 1917 at Wieltje, near Ypres, while superintending the removal of his guns to an advanced position in support of one of the assaults which culminated in the capture of Passchendaele Ridge.   He was buried at the Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. He is also commemorated on the Bolney and the East Hoathley war memorials.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Harbord
  • Forenames or initials: Stephen Gordon
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1903-1907
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 2nd June 1890
  • Date of Death: 14th August 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: M.C.
  • Burial Site: VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave VI.E.7