|Identified on the card's reverse as John Harvey, I believe that this man is No. 1279 Private John Harvey of the 2nd
Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment.
Harvey was born around 1867 in Exeter, Devon, England. In 1881 he was living with his mother Susannah and step
father E. H. Martin in Exeter.
Harvey attested with the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment on 15 July 1885 at Exeter. he was 18 years, 6 months
old and stated that was a member of the 4th Volunteer Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment at the time. He was 5 feet, 6
3/4 inches tall and weighed 121 pounds. He was described as having a ruddy complexion with blue eyes and sandy hair.
Harvey seems to have been a respectable soldier receiving good conduct pay twice, first on 14 June, 1888 and then on
15 July, 1891. His service papers make no reference to him ever fallen afoul of military regulations. His medical records
lists him being admitted to hospital on several occasions suffering from such maladies as colic, ague and bronchitis. He
was transferred to the 1st Class Army Reserve on 20 April, 1893 and discharged on 14 July, 1897.
After serving at home from 15 July, 1885 to 8 September, 1887, Harvey's foreign service took place in India (9
September, 1887 - 26 January, 1893), Egypt (27 January, 1893 - 14 April, 1893). Harvey returned home again - 15 April,
1893 and left the colours on 14 April, 1897.
John Harvey served with the Momiet and Manton Column in Upper Burmah against the Kachins in 1891, receiving the
India General Service Medal with the "Burmah 1889-92" clasp.
Harvey seems to have re-enlisted during the Anglo-Boer War although aside from two very brief references in his
service papers not much is certain at this point. He is shown again with the colours at Exeter on 8 February, 1900 and
then on board a troop ship on 25 February, 1900. The 2/Devonshire did serve in South Africa. Harvey must have been
wounded or fell ill in South Africa as he is listed as a patient at the Syracusa Home for Invalid Soldiers in Torquay,
Devonshire in the 1901 Census. No mention of the details of his condition are mentioned though he is listed as being
unmarried. His fate beyond this point remains unknown.
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