Nearly a century has passed since Ipswich soldier, Pte. Samuel Harvey risked his life by running across open ground during the Battle of Loos to fetch grenades for his under fire comrades. Having received a gunshot wound to the head he was awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his bravery.
When the war came to an end Pte. Harvey was largely forgotten. He descended into a world of drink and rough sleeping and when he died in 1960 he was given a paupers funeral. It was not until 2000 that a headstone was added to his grave.
The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group are honoured to have worked closely with Park View Care Home and Sprites Primary School and have renovated the existing headstone and added a small tablet together with a QR code which will enable the interested public to find out more about Pte. Samuel Harvey’s time during the war.
A small service of dedication was held at the graveside on 13 February 2014 and was attended by the Mayor and mayoress of Ipswich, and representatives from the British Legion, Hunnaball Memorials and members of Pte Sam Harvey's family.
Below: Ipswich Mayoress Daisy Weeks, Mayor Hamil Clarke MBE, and Mandy from Park View Care Home.
On behalf of all who attended the tree planting at the Old Cemetery, Ipswich, in memory of Pte Sam Harvey, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all concerned in the Hunnaball Memorials Department.
Firstly, Saul, Jennie and their team for arranging the QR, tablet and repair work so efficiently, from the initial enquiry from Park View Care Homes.
Also, my sincere thanks to the stonemason Chris, for his professional work and the way in which he talked so passionately about his work to the Mayor, media, Park View Care Home, Sprites Primary School, British Legion and with such interest in Pte Sam Harvey and World War 1.
Thank you to Lisa, of the Ipswich office, for talking to all of the above, as she represented Hunnaball Funeral Services, and the generosity of the Company.
All in all, thank you to all concerned in making the day a very moving and memorable day.
Maureen Alcock (Great Niece)"
Below: The headstone in Ipswich Cemetery
Below: Vicky Hobden with the Mayor and Mayoress and pupils from Sprites Primary School at the tree planting.
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