54398 Private George Harvey, 3rd Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment died 26 November 1918 due to sickness.[1]  He was 28 years old and left a widow and 3 children, 1 born after his death.  He is commemorated on Cockfield War Memorial.

Family Details

George was born 24 September 1891 at Threlkeld, Cumberland [2] the son of George and Emma Harvey.  There were at least 8 children:[3]

  • Thomas Charles born 3 June 1881 in North Wales
  • Elizabeth born 27 July 1884 in North Wales
  • Stephen born 13 April 1888 at Threlkeld, Cumberland
  • George born 24 September 1891 at Threlkeld, Cumberland
  • Mary Ann 1 July 1894 at Threlkeld, Cumberland
  • Joseph 28 January 1897 at Threlkeld, Cumberland
  • Emma born January 1899 at Threlkeld, Cumberland
  • Robert born 9 February 1903 at Threlkeld, Cumberland

In 1901, the family lived at Cockermouth, Cumberland.  Father, 43-year old George was born in Cornwall and worked as a quarryman (granite).  His wife 40-year old Emma was born in Leicestershire.  20-year old Thomas worked as a granite sett maker.[4]  By 1911, the family had moved to Cockfield, Co. Durham and lived at Summerson’s Mill, Cockfield.  Both 53-year old George and his son 20-year old George were employed as quarrymen.

In 1916, George married Marion (nee Sparks) in Teesdale.[5]  Marion was the daughter of Henry and Margaret Spark, sister to Jacob and Isabella.  She was born in 1892 [6] at Woodland and in 1911 the family lived at Cockfield.[7]  George and Marion had 3 children:

  • Henry George and Nora born 17 July 1917
  • Mona born 3 January 1919 [8]

The Absent Voters’ List for the Cockfield Polling District records a George Harvey absent from Cockfield and serving as 54398 Private with the 3rd Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment.[9] A Commonwealth War Grave Commission entry has not been traced.

George’s brother GS/15060 Private Stephen Harvey 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) died 1 February 1921 aged 32.  He is buried in Durham (St. Cuthbert) Churchyard.  His wife was Mary Ellen Harvey, 102 Dans Castle, Tow Law, Co. Durham.[10]

Service Details

54398 Private George Harvey, 3rd Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment enlisted 12 February 1916 [11] and was discharged 31 August 1918 due to illness.  He died after discharge, 26 November 1918.[12]  He may have been a Chelsea Pensioner.  He was awarded the silver war badge, number B168673.[13]

The 3rd [Reserve] Battalion, the Prince of Wales’s Own [West Yorkshire Regiment] was a regular army battalion which remained in the UK throughout the war.  In August 1914 it moved to Whitley Bay and played part of the Tyne Garrison.[14]

Private  G. Harvey was awarded the British War and Victory medals.[15]

His widow Marion appears to have received his effects.[16]

Death and Burial

The cause of death was influenza and acute pneumonia certified by Dr Anderson.  The death certificate confirms that George worked as a coal miner and was a private serving with the West Yorks. Regiment.  His father-in-law, H. Spark informed the registrar of his death. [17]   Presumably, he is buried in Cockfield cemetery but to date, his headstone, burial plot has not been found.


Private George Harvey is commemorated on the Cockfield War Memorial.


[1] Pension Form 36

[2] England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Bootle, Cumberland Vol.10b p.703 1891 Q3: George William Harvey

[3] Family details provided by Kevin Wallis, courtesy of

[4] 1901 census

[5] England & Wales Marriage Index 1837-1915 Teesdale, Durham Vol.10a p.420 1916 Q3

[6] England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Vol.10a p.270 Teesdale 1892 Q3

[7] 1911 census

[8] England & Wales Birth Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.452 Teesdale 1917 Q3 Family details provided by Kevin Wallis, courtesy of

[9] AVL Barnard Castle Division Cockfield Polling District C

[10] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[11] UK Silver War Badge records 1914-1920

[12] Pension Form 36

[13] UK Silver War Badge records


[15] Medal Roll card index

[16] UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects 1901-1929 – a note “No” and a name J.Ingram Dawson – who is this?

[17] Death certificate dated 28 November 1918