2nd Corporal

William M. Harvey

Harvey's  Government Bakery, bottom center.
Photograph courtesy of the BC Archives
Call Numbee B-03602

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 of 1859.

A Second Corporal's Regimental Pay per Diem was 1s. 10 3/4d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.

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).

Date Unknown

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 the deceased.

-Unnamed New Westminster Newspaper