Image of Jesus College war memorial

Gordon Lindsay Harvest, Lieutenant, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)

​Gordon Lindsay Harvest was due to come to Cambridge in October 1914 but joined up almost immediately and spent the first winter serving as a Private in the trenches in France before being commissioned in May 1915

Born: Hampstead, London in September 1895

Fell in action: 20 June 1917

G.L. HarvestAccording to his obituary in the Jesus College Cambridge Society Annual Report 1919 he was not able to fully take up this commission until January 1917 as he had undergone an operation in the intervening time. The obituary goes on to say that on his return “he made an important attack on an important village and for this he was awarded the Military Cross” (Jesus College Cambridge Society Annual Report, p24). The citation for the award, published in the London Gazette on 20 July 1917 was:

“For conspicuous gallantry and ability in reconnoitring enemy trenches and later in subduing enemy snipers”

Note: Commonwealth War Graves Commission records for Harvest have two dates for his death: 20 June and 21 June 1917. It seems that 20 June is the date that appears on his headstone.

You can email us on, go to our First World War homepage, or find us on Lives of the First World War

Hear from our students