Full name Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey
Born September 1, 1888, Athboy, Co Meath
Died August 21, 1980, Calgary (aged 91 years 355 days)
Major teams Ireland
|Test debut||Wales v Ireland at Cardiff, Mar 9, 1907 match details|
|Last Test||Ireland v France at Cork, Mar 25, 1911 match details|
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Lieutenant Frederick Harvey, who played twice for Ireland in matches four years apart, was one of only four rugby internationals to win the Victoria Cross.
. "During an attack by his regiment on a village, a party of the enemy ran forward to a wired trench just in front of the village, and opened rapid fire and machine-gun fire at a very close range, causing heavy casualties in the leading troop. At this critical moment, when the enemy showed no intention whatever of retiring, and fire was still intense, Lt. Harvey, who was in command of the leading troops, ran forward well ahead of his men and dashed at the trench, skilfully manned, jumped the wire, shot the machine-gunner and captured the gun. His most courageous act undoubtedly had a decisive effect on the success of the operations". Harvey was originally awarded the Distinguished Service Order but this was later upgraded to a VC.
After the war Harvey remained with Lord Strathcona's Horse and was promoted to captain in 1923. He then served as the Instructor in Physical Training at the Royal Military College of Canadafrom 1923 to 1927. In 1938, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and became the commanding officer of Lord Strathcona's Horse. In 1939, he was made a brigadier general and commander of the 13th Alberta Military District.