Regimental number5575
Place of birthLeeds, Yorkshire, England
SchoolSeveral, mostly Anglican Church School, Wrexham, England
Other trainingEvening art school; won a 2-year scholarship
Age on arrival in Australia36
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFancy leather dresser
AddressBay Street, Botany, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 7.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Joseph Harvey, 54 Shudell Avenue, Toronto, Canada,
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Robin Hood Rifles (Volunteers), Nottingham; 'left to take up civil calling'.
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Spent over 9 years at sea with wanderlust, but was intending settling permanently in Australia about which he wrote most glowingly' [details from father]
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death39.8
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England; marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 21 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 June 1917; taken on strength, 19th Bn, in the field, 3 July 1917.

Killed in action, 20 September 1917.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Buried B--56 Sheet M.

Grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARVEY Ernest