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  • Name: Norman HARVEY
  • D.O.B: 6th Apr, 1899
  • D.O.A: 25th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 16th Feb, 1942
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 109th Brigade, 36th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Ingoyghen (Ingooigem), Belgium 25 October 1918

25 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

In Flanders, since the Battle of Courtrai, Second Army had been advancing across the ground between the Lys and the Scheldt. 36th (Ulster) Division had crossed the Lys north-east of Courtrai and was driving south-eastwards towards the Scheldt. On 25 October 1918 9th Division captured Ingoyghen, east of St Lodewijk and north-east of Hoogemolen. To protect its northern flank 109th Brigade, 36th Division, was ordered to attack the ridge running north-east towards Sterhoek.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Ingoyghen on the 25th October, 1918, when his battalion was held up and suffered heavy casualties from enemy machine guns. On his own initiative he rushed forward and engaged the enemy single-handed, disposing of twenty enemy and capturing two guns. Later, when his company was checked by another enemy strong point, he again rushed forward alone and put the enemy to flight. Subsequently, after dark, he voluntarily carried out, single-handed, an important reconnaissance and gained valuable information. Pte. Harvey throughout the day displayed the greatest valour, and his several actions enabled the line to advance, saved many casualties, and inspired all. 

(Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 January 1919. 6 January 1919, Numb. 31108, p. 308)

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