1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 26113 Noel Trewavas Harvey
- Age: 20
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
- K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
- Commemorated at: Bernafay Wood Brit Cem
Panel Ref: F.5
The 1901 Census finds the family living at 57 Russell Road, Toxteth Park - Parents with son Noel Trewavas
By the time of the 1911 Census they have moved to 35 Oxford Road, Waterloo - Parents with Noel Trewavas (Fruit brokers apprentice)
Prior to enlistment Noel was working at Royal Exchange Assurance.
He enlisted in Liverpool joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 26113. He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.
Noel as part of the 17th Battalion was involved in the liberation of Montauban on 01st July 1916. The Pals next objective was to assist with the clearance of Trones Wood.
The murderous fighting that went on inside Trones Wood rendered it impossible to put specific dates on some of the casualties which is why many of the 17th Battalion losses have been bracketed as killed in action between 10th – 12th July 1916. The conditions are best described in the following passage from Everard Wyrall’s book The History of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) Volume II.
The remembrance of Trones Wood in July 1916 to those who passed through it is of a noisome, horrible place, of a tangled mass of trees and undergrowth which had been tossed and flung about in frightful confusion by the shells of both sides. Of the ghastly dead which lay about in all directions, and of DEATH, lurking in every hole and corner with greedy hands ready to snatch the lives of the unwary. The place was a Death trap, and although the attacks were made with great determination, the presence of snipers who could not be detected and often fired into the backs of our men made the clearing of the wood impossible.
Noel was killed in action during the engagement at Trones Wood, he now rests at Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, where his headstone bears the following epitaph:
"HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY AND HIS HEART TO GOD"
Noel was initially reported missing and the anxiety for the family went on until October 1916 when his death was reported in the Liverpool Echo on 13/10/1916 -
DEATHS - Killed in Action – HARVEY –
Private Noel Harvey (KLR) The beloved son and only child of Roland and Christina Harvey of Wavertree (late of Waterloo)
July 10 previously reported missing now officially reported killed in action. He was in his 21st year and went to France with his regiment last November. He was formerly on the staff of the Royal Exchange Assurance Co.
An aniversary noticed was also placed in the Liverpool Echo 10/7/1918
- Roll of Honour = IN MEMORIAM - HARVEY –
"In loving memory of our only son Noel Harvey (1st Pals)Killed in action Nr. Trones Wood July 10 1916 – Never forgotten by Mother and Father"
Probate for Noel was granted to father Roland Charles Harvey, Bank Manager of 4 Victoria Terrace, Waterloo. Effects £39.19.4d