Athboy 100, are proud to announce that on Friday 20th October at 4pm a plaque will be unveiled to commemorate Lt. Frederick M. W. Harvey in the grounds of St. James Church of Ireland. The memorial will be unveiled by his His Excellence Mr. Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.
Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey was born in the Rectory, Athboy on Sept 1 1888 where his father, Rev. A.T Harvey had been Rector of Athboy parish since 1885. Fred Harvey emigrated to Canada in 1908 where he worked as a surveyor. He joined the Canadian Army during WWI and was posted to Europe. In 1917, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award in the United Kingdom military honours system, for “conspicuous courage in the face of the enemy”. The following year he was awarded a Military Cross and a Croix de Guerre (a French military award) in a further engagement with the enemy.
After the war, Frederick Harvey remained in the Canadian Army. Over the years he was promoted through the ranks and retired in 1945 as Brigadier Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey VC, MC, Croix de Guerre. He died in Calgary, Canada in 1980 aged 91.
The arranging and installation of the memorial has been the result of work spearheaded by Bernard Walsh of the Athboy 100 committee with local Cllr. David Gilroy and members of the local Church of Ireland.