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Harbord, Stephen Gordon

Harbord, Stephen Gordon, M.C., Capt., 154th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 3rd son of the Rev. Harry Harbord, of Colwood Park, Bolney by his wife, Ellen Jane, dau. of Harrison Blair; b. East Hoathly Rectory, 2 June, 1890; educ. Summerfields, Horris Hill, Winchester (Exhibitioner), and King's College London, where he was studying Engineering; joined the Special Reserve of Officers in Oct. 1912, being attached to the Royal Field Artillery at Brighton; on the outbreak of war was gazetted 2nd Lieut. R.A.; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders; took part in the advance to the Marne and the Aisne; on 11 Nov. 1914, was posted to a battery at Ypres; was invalided home in June 1915; promoted Lieut. On his recovery, in July, 1915, and appointed Adjutant 154th Brigade Sept. 1915; returned to France, and was seconded as Staff Capt. 36th (Ulster) Division from 6 Dec. 1915, until 14 Feb. 1917, when he returned to a battery as Acting Capt. and 2nd in Command. He was awarded the Military Cross [London Gazette, 4 June, 1917], and mentioned in Despatches by F.M. Sir Douglas Haig, for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and was killed in action at Wieltje, between Ypres and St. Julien, 14 Aug. 1917. Buried in the new Military Cemetery, near Vlamertinghe Church, three miles west of Ypres. His General wrote -"He was my Staff Captain for many months, getting on for 18, I think. I could never wish for a better Staff Captain than he turned out to be. He was a first-rate soldier, a great companion, and universally liked, and everybody in the division who knew him, from the Divisional Commander downwards, has expressed their deep sympathy and regret with your loss. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour


First name(s)Stephen Gordon
Date of birth1890
Place of birthEast Hoathly, Sussex
Family detailsSon of the Revd Harry and Ellen J.Harbord of Colwood Park, Bolney, Sussex, Native of East Hoathly, Sussex
Previous educationSummerfields; Horris Hill; Winchester (Exhibitioner)
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
Military unitRoyal Field Artillery, "D" Bty. 153rd Bde.
Date enlistedOutbreak of war
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders
Decorations / medalsM.C.; mentioned in Despatches
Date of death14 August 1917
Age at death27
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathWieltje
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeVlamertinghe New Military Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; East Hoathly War Memorial Sussex Parish Church (United Benefice of Chidingly with East Hoathly
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Soldiers Died in the Great War; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

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