GEORGE HARVEY 1891-1918
54398 Private George Harvey, 3rd Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment died 26 November 1918 due to sickness. He was 28 years old and left a widow and 3 children, 1 born after his death. He is commemorated on Cockfield War Memorial.
- 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. 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. Marion was the daughter of Henry and Margaret Spark, sister to Jacob and Isabella. She was born in 1892  at Woodland and in 1911 the family lived at Cockfield. George and Marion had 3 children:
- Henry George and Nora born 17 July 1917
- Mona born 3 January 1919 
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. 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.
54398 Private George Harvey, 3rd Battalion, the West Yorkshire Regiment enlisted 12 February 1916  and was discharged 31 August 1918 due to illness. He died after discharge, 26 November 1918. He may have been a Chelsea Pensioner. He was awarded the silver war badge, number B168673.
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.
Private G. Harvey was awarded the British War and Victory medals.
His widow Marion appears to have received his effects.
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.  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.
 Pension Form 36
 England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Bootle, Cumberland Vol.10b p.703 1891 Q3: George William Harvey
 Family details provided by Kevin Wallis, courtesy of ancestry.co.uk
 1901 census
 England & Wales Marriage Index 1837-1915 Teesdale, Durham Vol.10a p.420 1916 Q3
 England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Vol.10a p.270 Teesdale 1892 Q3
 1911 census
 England & Wales Birth Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.452 Teesdale 1917 Q3 Family details provided by Kevin Wallis, courtesy of ancestry.co.uk
 AVL Barnard Castle Division Cockfield Polling District C
 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
 UK Silver War Badge records 1914-1920
 Pension Form 36
 UK Silver War Badge records
 Medal Roll card index
 UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects 1901-1929 – a note “No” and a name J.Ingram Dawson – who is this?
 Death certificate dated 28 November 1918