Harvey, Charles C C

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Harvey, Charles C C

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Charles Claud Cleland Harvey was born in Aberdeen on 23rd February 1883, the 3rd son of Elizabeth Reid (née Hamilton) and Robert Harvey, an H M Inspector of Schools. Harvey was educated at Ayr Academy and the Royal Technical College of Glasgow. Harvey also attended The Glasgow School of Art as a part time architect from 1904 to 1905, 1907 to 1908 and 1910 to 1911. He was an assistant in Sir John James Burnet's Glasgow office from at least 1911 until 1914 and was the job architect for the restoration of Duart Castle. He was well-known in antiquarian circles in Glasgow as Recording Secretary of the Provand's Lordship Club and an authority on seals and heraldry. Harvey was the author of "of numerous pamphlets on subjects connected with Scottish national history" and wrote a book on the St. Andrews Cross as the national arms of Scotland. He had been engaged in compiling a calendar of Yester MSS when the First World War broke out. During the First World War, Harvey served as a Lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 7th battalion (Territorial), having previously enlisted as a private in the 9th HLI. The 1/9th and 2/9th battalions formed in Dumbarton in 1914. Harvey died on 3rd April 1916 of wounds sustained in France, aged 33. His death falls between the dates of the battle in the Western Front, referred to as the Actions in the Spring of 1916 which occurred from the 14th of February to the 13th of June 1916. In this battle, soldiers fought to keep a hold of high grounds east of Ypres in the Battle of Mount Sorrel. It was in this battle in the First World War where German soldiers first used phosgene gas. The 3rd of April was the day British troops successfully recaptured "Crater No. 5" after an hour of bombardment. Harvey is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour and on the Glasgow Institute of Architects Roll of Honour (student).

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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Ancestry: http://home.ancestry.co.uk/, The Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/index.php; The Long, Long Trail: http://www.1914-1918.net/argyll.htm; http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/actions-in-the-spring-of-1916-western-front/

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