Contributed by: Mary Connor, on 2008-11-20
|Year of Birth||1882|
|Year of Death||1919|
|Regiment||Royal Northumberland Fusiliers|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Crook, Durham|
Michael enlisted in Crook, Co Durham, on 29th December 1914. He was the son of Francis and Sarah Harvey. He was a miner in Wooley Pit, until he joined the 4th Battalion Tyneside Irish Brigade. In January 1916 he was sent to France to prepare for the "Big Push". On 1st July he received a severe gunshot wound to the shoulder and was sent to hospital in Harrogate. Later, he returned to France. In August 1917 he was wounded again and sent back to England to recuperate. He was returned again to France and in October 1918 he was severely gassed. On the 1st November 1918 he was discharged from Bermondsey Military Hospital and was sent home to be nursed by his devoted family. He died an agonising death on 24th January 1919. On 23rd January 1999, a military headstone was erected over his grave in Crook Roman Catholic cemetery, 80 years after his death.
A brave man who was wounded on three occasions and who died an agonising death in 1919