Force: Canterbury Infantry Battalion
1880-1885: Four daughters were born to Frederick and Fanny Jane (nee Kenning) Harvey, at Bedstead Gully on the Aorere Goldfields in Golden Bay.
28 December 1897: Frederick (Fred) Harvey was born at Bedstead Gully, one of five brothers, four of whom served in the Great War.
Fred was a labourer for W. Solly when he enlisted at Trentham in August. Private Fred Harvey (service number 6/3342) embarked from Wellington on 13 November with the 8th Reinforcements of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, bound for Suez, Egypt.
On 7 April Fred was transferred from Egypt to France as part of 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment along with his brothers Percy and William. He spent six days in hospital in the field in June with tonsillitis and on 21 September during the Battle of the Somme was wounded in action by a gunshot to the buttock and admitted to the No.1 New Zealand Field Ambulance the following day. After returning to his unit he was again injured by a gunshot to the thigh on 12 October and four days later admitted to the No.3 Convalescence Depot.
Fred rejoined his unit on 28 October but nine days later, on 6 November 1916, was killed in action in the field during the Battle of the Somme, aged 28 years. He was buried in Citè Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières, France.
20 August 1919 – Frederick Harvey senior died in Ferntown, aged 72 and was buried in Collingwood Cemetery.
20 August 1937 – Fanny Harvey died, aged 82. She too was buried in Collingwood Cemetery.
Brothers Fred, Percy and Chas Harvey never returned to Golden Bay from their World War One service, all dying on the Western Front, two of them injured on the same day in the same battle. Only one Harvey brother, Bill, came home but, badly injured he died 12 months after the war’s end. The four Harvey brothers were amongst 41 from the Collingwood district who died in World War One.