Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMarch 5, 1891
Place of BirthBow, London
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinFlorence Harvey, wife, 855-4th Ave, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number439046
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentDecember 23, 1914
Age at Enlistment23
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathJuly 28, 1951
Age at Death60
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Harvey, Arthur Henry

According to his obituary, Arthur Henry Harvey was born 05 March 1876 in London, England.  His parents were Arthur Henry Harvey (senior) and Amelia Luigard. He had at least one brother, William Charles Harvey.

As a young man Arthur enlisted in the British Army serving in Ceylon and South Africa. He recorded previous service with No. 28 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery on his WW1 attestation papers.

In 1906 Arthur immigrated to Canada and wound up in Kenora, Ontario. He married Florence Rodgers on 09 September 1907. They had two daughters – Margaret (married H. Randall) and Laura (married David A. Locking). Arthur’s parents followed him to Kenora arriving in November of 1908.

When WW1 broke out in 1914, Arthur was among the first to enlist.  He signed his attestation papers on 23 December 1914 in Kenora, shaving five years off his age by claiming to be 33 years old. His occupation at the time was labourer. In June of 1915 he was with the third contingent leaving Kenora to join the other units of the 52nd Battalion in Port Arthur. This unit sailed for England in November 1915. On 20 February 1916 Arthur arrived in France.  His service records state that he was ‘never in the trenches but put in wagon line and in charge of Quarter Masters Stores’. On 12 May 1917 Arthur was attached to the 3rd Canadian Division Train.  He was transferred to England in April of 1918 ‘with a view to being granted leave to Canada on compassionate grounds’ and posted to the Manitoba Regimental Depot. Arthur returned to Canada where he received his official discharge on 31 August 1918.

After the war, Arthur returned to Kenora but in 1921 he moved to Fort William with his wife and children. The 1935 Canadian Voters list shows he was working as a janitor in Fort William; 1945 – as an elevator employee; 1949- still working on the grain elevators.

On 06 April 1951 Arthur was visiting his daughter, Laura Locking, in Kenora when he passed away suddenly of a heart attack.  He was buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora in a plot where he was eventually joined by his wife Florence and his daughter Laura.

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