Harvey, Lieutenant Frederick

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Frederick Harvey came from King’s Park, South Australia. He was a Clerk aged 19 when he joined the machine Gun Section of the 3rd  Light Horse at Morphettville on 19 August 1914. On 22 October he left Adelaide on HMAT A17 Port Lincoln. After service as an NCO, including time at Gallipoli, he was commissioned in July 1916 and transferred to the 1st  Machine Gun Squadron. He was wounded in the shoulder on 11 January 1917, after which he spent some time as a machine gun instructor prior to a transfer to No 67 (Australian) Sqn for training as an observer, after which he was posted on 26 October.

He was killed in an aircraft accident near Wali-Sheikh-Furan aerodrome on 12 November 1917 while flying as observer in BE 2c 4312, flown by Lt L E Taplin, who was injured. The aeroplane departed from the aerodrome at 1600, and flew to Gaza at about 200 feet where Lt Taplin turned towards Belan, before setting course back to the aerodrome. The engine began to misfire and overheat, so Lt Taplin landed in the desert to inspect it. No defect was visible, and he took off again only to discover that the controls were unresponsive when he approached the aerodrome. The aeroplane nearly turned over before diving into the ground at close to a vertical angle from about 400 feet. Lt Taplin was able to walk away from the crash but Lt Harvey was unconscious, and later died from his injuries.

Lt F Harvey is buried in Grave B 75 at Deir El Belah Cemetery, Palestine.

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