Ipswich: Tree planted at cemetery in memory of First World War soldier Private Samuel Harvery following months of fundraising

The mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, plants a tree as a memorial to Samuel Harvey VC in Ipswich Old C

The mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, plants a tree as a memorial to Samuel Harvey VC in Ipswich Old Cemetery. - Credit: Archant

A tree has been planted at Ipswich Old Cemetery in memory of First World War Victoria Cross winner, Private Samuel Harvey.

The mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, plants a tree as a memorial to Samuel Harvey VC in Ipswich Old C

The mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, plants a tree as a memorial to Samuel Harvey VC in Ipswich Old Cemetery. - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Ipswich Hamil Clarke planted the specimen in a ceremony which brought to a close months of fundraising for the soldier, who was awarded the accolade for his bravery during the Battle of Loos, when he suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

The mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, plants a tree as a memorial to Samuel Harvey VC in Ipswich Old C

The mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, plants a tree as a memorial to Samuel Harvey VC in Ipswich Old Cemetery. Organiser Vicky Hobden. - Credit: Archant

After the conflict ended, Pte Harvey’s life descended into a grim world of drink and rough sleeping and when he died in Stowmarket in 1960, he was given just a pauper’s funeral.

It was not until 2000 that a headstone was put in place at his grave site.

Staff and residents at Park View Care Home in Ipswich launched a campaign to raise funds for a fitting memorial – which eventually made about £800.

A tree in memory of Pte Harvey is also due to be planted at Sprites Primary School, which raised about £600 through a sponsored walk.

More to follow later today and in tomorrow’s Ipswich Star.

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