Bernard Matheson Harvey

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Lieutenant-Commander Bernard Matheson Harvey, R.N. (4 July, 1882 – 22 September, 1914) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Harvey was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland and gained five months' time on passing out of Britannia on 15 January, 1898.

Harvey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1903.

On 19 December 1908 he passed in torpedoes for command of torpedo craft.

Harvey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1911.

Harvey was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 6 on 29 September, 1908.[1] In late 1910, he was appointed in command of the River Class destroyer H.M.S. Foyle.

In May 1911, Harvey sustained a multiple injury when he was knocked down by a bicycle while in command of Foyle, suffering a broken clavicle and damage to the optic nerve of his right eye. Captain Blunt would relate that Harvey had lost the sight of his right eye altogether, by recommended him nonetheless as he was "vy capable & h'wkg."

Harvey was to be retired as unfit on 18 January, 1912, but this was cancelled on 27 January and he was instead appointed to the armoured cruiser Cressy. This would prove tragic for him, as he died when the ship was torpedoed on 22 September, 1914.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George F. Hyde
Captain of H.M. T.B. 6
29 Sep, 1908[2] – 27 Dec, 1910
Succeeded by
Guy P. Bowles
Preceded by
Henry C. D. Field
Captain of H.M.S. Foyle
27 Dec, 1910[3] – 1 Jun, 1911
Succeeded by
Bruce Lloyd-Owen


  1. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 318.