2nd Corporal Harvey
was a native of Putney, near London, England, of Scottish parentage.
He served with the Sappers
and Miners in the Crimean War, receiving the British and Turkish campaign
medals. His obituary refers to a third medal and we can infer that it may
have been either the Baltic Medal or one for an earlier war.
Harvey sailed with the main body of the
Detachment on board the Thames City, arriving in British Columbia in April
A Second Corporal's
Regimental Pay per Diem was 1s. 10 3/4d. plus Working Pay per Diem
It is quite possible, that
due to his later career, that Harvey was a Detachment baker.
Harvey remained in the Colony
after the disbandment of the Detachment in 1863. He starts a bakery in New
Westminster --Government Pioneer Bakery-- from 1863 to 1865. He goes
on to open the Old Cottage Bakery from 1865 till 1880 .
On the Civic level, Harvey
volunteers as Refreshment Steward in the New Westminster Fire Dept.
On the 10th February 1870,
Harvey received Crown Grant, for Lot 64, Group 2, New Westminster District, 150 acres.
Harvey's son, John, married Esther Ellard, 1876
(This marriage is listed in the BC Online Archives under James Nilton
Harvey, on 19 April 1876, in New Westminster,
Reg # 1876-09-488211. Note: this record has not been filmed).
Death of Mr. Harvey
Our Community has sustained another loss, on Monday
morning last, of an old familiar face. Mr. Harvey arrived in this
Province on the "Thames City" transport, in 1859, being a member of
the Sappers and Miners Corps, under the command of Captain Luard. He
had seen some service at the Crimean and elsewhere, for which he
bore three medals. After the disbanding of the corps, he commenced
in the bakery business in this City, which he carried on to the
present time, and it will doubtless be continued by his widow. Mr.
Harvey was a native of Putney, near London, England, of Scottish
parentage, and was aged about 55 years when he died. He was in every
respect a British soldier; large-hearted, brave and honest; as a
citizen, he was much respected for his straightforward dealing and
kindly, generous character. He has been so closely associated with
our city and its various institutions, that he will be missed. He
leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss, who have the
sympathy of all our citizens in their great sorrow. The flags
throughout the city were hoisted to half mast as a mark of respect
for the deceased.
The funeral took place yesterday after noon, and was
followed to the grave, at the Odd fellows Cemetery, by a large
number of our citizens, among whom were many of the old comrades of
-Unnamed New Westminster Newspaper