Calvert, Harold William (No. K/93200)

Calvert, Harold William

Private

No. K/93200, Veterans Guard of Canada

Died of illness on Thursday 15 July 1943 (aged 50)

Buried:

Somenos (St. Mary’s) Church Cemetery, British Columbia, Canada

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance (Page 143)

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that Harold William Calvert was a son of Isabel Calvert of Bangor.

Harold William Calvert was born on 15 December 1892 in Belfast (in attestation records the year of his birth is recorded in one place as 1888 and in another as 1889) and he was a son of Leonard and Isabella (Isabel) Calvert (nee Creaney, sometimes Creany, sometimes Creeny) who were married on 6 October 1871 in Moira Methodist Church, Co. Down.  Leonard Calvert was a Civil Engineer and he worked as a Land Surveyor and Valuer.  He and Isabella had 13 children:

Unnamed female child (born 18 September 1872 in Ballycreely, Comber)

Unnamed female child (born 24 April 1874 in Ballycreely, Comber)

Rebecca (born 26 February 1876 in Ballycreely, Comber)

Frederick James (born 5 March 1878 in Ballycreely, Comber)

Florence (born 10 February 1880 in Ballycreely, Comber)

Victoria Helena (born 17 December 1881 in Ballycreely, Comber)

James Edward (born 10 March 1884 in Sydenham, Belfast)

Albert Leonard (born 1 November 1885 in Ballyhackamore, Belfast)

Thomas (born 3 December 1887 at 26 Lennoxvale Terrace, Belfast)

George Walter born 20 October 1889 in Fairview Villa, Belfast)

Edith Isabel (born 3 November 1891 in Ballyhackamore, Belfast)

Harold William (born 15 December 1892 in Belfast)

Edwin Arthur Peel (born 2 January 1895 in Ballyhackamore, Belfast)

The Calvert family lived at Polnoon, Strandtown, Co. Down and Leonard Calvert died of pneumonia on 21 July 1899 (aged 50).  He was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Grave L. 1. 387) and probate of his will was granted to his widow Isabella.  Later Isabella Calvert moved to 18 Clifton Road, Bangor where she died on 17 February 1950 (aged 99).  She was buried in Belfast City Cemetery in the same grave as her husband.

In 1901 the Calvert family was living in Holywood Road, Belfast and in 1911 Harold William Calvert was living in Coleraine Road, Portstewart.  When he travelled to Canada in 1912 he sailed from Glasgow to St. John aboard the SS Athenia and he recorded his occupation as an insurance clerk.

Harold William Calvert was a Private in the Seaforth Highlanders stationed on Salisbury Plain when he and Edith Annie Johnston (born in Ireland and living in Duncan, British Columbia) were married in Holy Trinity Churh of Ireland Church, Rathmines, Dublin on 5 November 1914 and they had a son named John Harold Knowles (Jack) Calvert (born 3 May 1916 in London, England).  On 24 July 1919 Edith and her three year old son travelled from Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the White Star Liner Adriatic.  Jack was educated at the University School in Victoria, British Columbia where he was a keen sportsman.

During the Second World War Lieutenant John Harold Knowles (Jack) Calvert (No. 72794) served with 59 Field Company, Royal Engineers and he died on 10 October 1940 at Brompton Barracks, Chatham.  His home address was recorded as Bishops Waltham, Hampshire and his effects amounted to some £616.  His cremated remains were buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Section I Grave 53) on 26 October 1940 alongside William McVicker of 17 Claremont Street, Belfast (died 7 March 1914 aged 53).  Buried in the adjacent grave (Grave 54) were William Robert McVicker (born 1 September 1883, died 24 August 1950 aged 62) and Hilda Sismey McVicker (died 3 February 1977 aged 94).  In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that Jack Calvert’s wife was Hilda Sismey Calvert.  Her maiden name was McVicker, she was born in Belfast in 1916 and she was a daughter of William Robert and Hilda Sismey McVicker (nee Mundell) who were married on 27 December 1913 in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.

During the First World War Private Harold William Calvert (No. 28898) served with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Scottish, 1st Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) from 1914 until he was demobilised at the Canadian Discharge Depot in Buxton, Derbyshire in July 1919.  While serving in France he experienced shell shock and contracted rheumatic fever.  He re-enlisted in August 1919 and during the Second World War Private Calvert (No. K/93200) served until 22 April 1943 in Canada only. He was discharged as medically unfit and was 50 years old when he died of heart block and pneumonia on 15 July 1943.  It was officially confirmed that his death was due to service.  He was awarded service medals from both World Wars – the War Medal 1939-45, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Private Harold William Calvert (No. K/93200) is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet) and on Page 143 of the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.