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Frederick William Harvey (1888-1957) had been a close friend of Ivor Gurney since childhood. He too joined the Gloucestershire Regiment, but earlier, on 8 August 1914. He served in Flanders and France, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and promoted. In 1916, after officer training, Harvey returned to France where he was captured by the Germans. The remainder of his war was spent in prisoner of war camps. In Flanders was written on Christmas Day 1915.
from notes by Robin Tritschler © 2014
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