b. 24/08/1891 Peckham, London. d. 15/08/1940 Redhill, Surrey.
Harvey was a 27-year-old private in the 1/22nd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Queen's), British Army during the First World War.
On 2 September 1918 north of Peronne, France, when the advance of his company was held up by machine gun fire, Private Harvey dashed forward a distance of 50 yards alone, through the English barrage and in the face of heavy enemy fire. He rushed a machine gun post, shooting two of the team and bayoneting another. He then destroyed the gun and continued his way along the enemy trench. He single-handedly rushed an enemy dugout which contained 37 Germans and compelled them to surrender. These acts of gallantry saved the company heavy casualties and materially assisted in the success of the operation. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for these actions.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
BURIAL PLACE: REDSTONE CEMETERY, REDHILL, SURREY. SECTION C, GRAVE 2359
Jack Harvey's medals on the Lord Ashcroft Collection website
(his medals were not on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in Aug 2014)