The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross
Awarded to Men of Portsmouth
- Major Francis John William Harvey VC -

Major Harvey

Official Record
BORN: 29 APR 1873 Kirkdale Villa, Upper Sydenham, Kent
DIED: 31 MAY 1916 HMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland, age 43 (Wednesday)
BURIED: At sea
V.C. WON: HMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland
CITATION: Whilst mortally wounded and almost the only survivor after the explosion of an enemy shell in "Q" gunhouse, with great presence of mind and devotion to duty ordered the magazine to be flooded, thereby saving the ship. He died shortly afterwards.
V.C. PRESENTED: 29 NOV 1916 - To his widow by King George V, Buckingham Palace
MEDAL: Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, Hants
Further Information
The Harvey family are shown as living at Courtney Lodge, near the Circle on Clarendon Road, Southsea in 1881. Ten years later in 1891 their address was given as 8 Queens Terrace. Francis Harvey joined Portsmouth Grammar School in 1884 and left in 1892.