Corporal Harvey Edwin Field

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Harvey Field Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Harvey Field Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Harvey Edwin Field was born in the 1st quarter of 1893 in Hambledon, Surrey to stockman and labourer Edwin Thomas and Alice Jane  (nee Street). He was baptised on the 2nd of April 1893 at St Nicholas’ Church in Cranleigh, Surrey. At the time of his baptism the family lived in Cranleigh and Edwin was working as a stockman.

Harvey’s father Edwin was born in the 4th quarter of 1866 in Cuckfield, Sussex to general servant Churchman born about 1822 in Cuckfield and Ellen, born about 1823 in Nuthurst, Sussex. Edwin was baptised on the 7th of October 1866 in Cuckfield. At the time of the 1881 Census he was working as an under carter. His mother, Alice was born on the 19th September 1865 in Woolwich to wheeler of the Horse Brigade Harvey and laundress Sarah Jane Street, born about 1836 in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Alice was baptised on the 15th of October 1865 in Woolwich. At the time of her baptism the family lived in Cottages Common. Edwin and Alice married on the 23rd of November 1889 at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Ewhurst, Surrey. At the time of their marriage, Edwin was working as a labourer and lived in Ewhurst. Sarah Jane lived in Shamley Green.

Harvey Edwin had three known siblings: Lilian born about 1895, Alice born about 1897 and Ruth born about 1899, all in Cranleigh.

Harvey Field 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Winterfold Cottages, Cranleigh. Edwin was working as a labourer on a farm and Alice was at home looking after their children: Harvey, Lillian and Alice. The household further comprised of a servant, Augusta Beattie.

Harvey Field 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Harvey was a boarder of gardener William Capon at Winterfold, Cranleigh. The household further comprised of several boarders including professional cricketer Harry George Blacklidge. Harvey was working as a gardener. The accommodation had four rooms.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Harvey’s parents lived at Winterfold, Cranleigh. Edwin was working as a labourer and Alice was at home. The household further comprised of their children: Alice and Ruth; and a visitor, George Major. Alice stated that she had given birth to four children. The house had five rooms.

Harvey married Emily Elizabeth Ede in the 3rd quarter of 1914 in Dorking.

Emily was born on the 15th of November 1892 in Coldharbour, Surrey to general labourer Henry, born about 1865 in Wotton, Surrey and Annie Maria, born about 1869 in Lichfield, Hampshire. Emily was baptised on the 25th of December 1892 at Christ Church in Coldharbour. At the time of the 1911 Census, Emily was a housemaid of Elizabeth Trevelyan at Shiffolds, Holmbury St Mary. The house had fifteen rooms. Elizabeth was married to poet Robert Caverley Trevelyan.

Harvey attested on the 9th of March 1915 into the 8th Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number G/5071. He disembarked on the 31st of August 1915 to France.

He was transferred into the 7th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and at the time of his death he was part of the 2nd/4th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was an Acting Corporal.

Harvey Field was killed in action on the 29th of July 1918 in France.

Harvey Field Raperie British Cemetery Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Harvey Field Gravestone © ancestry.co.uk

Harvey was re-buried at the Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontaire in France. His cemetery reference number is: IIA.C.5.

He received the British War and Victory medals and the 1915 Star.

Harvey Field Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Emily received £5, 10s and 4d on the 22nd of March 1919 and a further £16 and 10s on the 5th of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. She lived at The Cottages, Beare Green, Surrey.

Emily re-married William H. Green in the 4th quarter of 1926 in the Registration District of East Preston, Sussex.

In 1918 Harvey’s parents lived at Three Hatch Hill in Cranleigh and in 1930 in Ewhurst Green.

Born Hambledon, Surrey
Lived Cranleigh, Surrey
Son of Albert and Amelia Page
Husband of Emily Elizabeth Ede of Coldhabour
Regiment 2nd/4th Battalion. Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number G/5071
Previous Regiment 8th Battalion. Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 29th July 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 25
Cemetery Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontaire, France