Private Samuel Harvey VC
Born 17TH September 1881
Son of William and Mary Harvey at Bullwell Nottingham. His family also included Emily, Rose, William, Halyn, Fredrick, George, Hennery, Ellen.
The family moved to Ipswich Vernon Street in 1884.
Samuel enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment 1st Battalion in 1905 his Regimental number was 8273, he served seven years in India. The Battalion was sent to France in 1914. (London Gazette 18 November 1915). Loos France, on 29th September 1915 8273 Private Samuel Harvey 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.
For conspicuous bravery in “Big Willie” trench on 29th September 1915
During a heavy bombing attack by the enemy, and when more bombs were urgently required for our front, Private Harvey volunteered to fetch them.
The communication trench was blocked with wounded and reinforcements, and he went backwards and forwards across the open under intense fire and succeeded in bringing no less than thirty boxes of bombs before he was wounded.
It was mainly due to Private Harvey`s cool bravery in supplying bombs that the enemy were eventually driven back.
An appeal has been made for information on the whereabouts of Harveys VC, which he lost sometime later.
Private Harvey died penniless 23rd September 1960 aged 79 in the former work house Stow Lodge Hospital Stowmarket, Suffolk where he had been a patient for sixteen months
His only possessions were his VC miniature medal group which were next to his pillow.A HEAD STONE HAS BEEN ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF PRIVATE SAMUEL HARVEY VC WHO WAS BURIED IN AN UNMARKED PAUPERS GRAVE IN IPSWICH OLD CEMETERY.
Col. Geoffrey Norton signing on behalf of the regiment
Carl Noble signing on behalf of the Rotherham Museum
Vivian Sumner Simpson was born at Beech house Sheffield on 5th Feb 1893 the youngest of 9 children he was educated at Wesley college Sheffield , Between 1900 and 1907 he made 38 appearances as an amateur for Sheffield Wednesday scoring 38 goals including a hat trick in a 6-0 drubbing of Manchester united.
When war broke out in August 1914 he was anxious to join up but did not care to enlist as a private except in a battalion of men of his own class . Word of this reached the Duke of Norfolk and the result was the formation of the 12th (Sheffield) service battalion York and Lancaster regiment. Vivian was the first recruit on the roll of this battalion who after training in England left for the front line in June 1916 taking part in the battle of the Somme. He played a leading part in the attack on Cordorna trench and as the London gazette reported. He was the first man in into the enemy trench and was involved in hand to hand combat with the defenders. Later he brilliantly organised the consolidation of the newly won position , for this he was awarded the military cross and mentioned in despatches.
In Sept 1917 he was wounded on reconnaissance duty in no mans land. He was invalided home and sent to Sunderland to train junior officers. This was work which he had an aptitude and he was given a chance to remain at home far from the front line. But he preferred to join his comrades at the front.
On 13th April 1918 he was killed by a sniper in the village of Outtersteene whilst moving amongst the men cheering them with his unquenchable optimism . He was buried at Outtersteene cemetery west of Lille near the border with Belgium
permission of Mr John Bell