KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY
Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)
Pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Cemetery lies 5 kilometres south-west of Haifa on the Tel-Aviv highway.
Please note that care should be taken if parking
by the front entrance of the Cemetery. Accidents have occurred due to speeding
traffic in this area.
Haifa was of great strategic importance during
the Second World War because of its deep water harbour and airfield. It was also
the terminus of the railway line from Egypt and of the Kirkuk-Haifa oil
pipeline. Haifa became one of the main supply bases and arms depots serving the
Middle East forces and a large naval depot was established at Haifa Bay.
Victoria Cross Recipient
Rank: Company Quartermaster Serjeant, Service No: 6973652, Date of Death: 16/02/1942, Age: 42, Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers 199 Rly. Workshop Coy. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference A. A. 4., Son of Charles William and Mary Harvey; husband of Nora Osmond Harvey, of Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire.
Citation: The following details are given in the London Gazette of 6th January 1919 :- For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Ingoyghem on the 25th October, 1918, when his battalion (the 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) was held up and suffered heavy casualties from enemy machine guns. On his own initiative he rushed forward and engaged the enemy single-handed, disposing of twenty enemy and capturing two guns. Later, when his company was checked by another enemy strong point, he again rushed forward alone and put the enemy to flight. Subsequently, after dark, he voluntarily carried out, single-handed, an important reconnaissance and gained valuable information. Pte. Harvey throughout the day displayed the greatest valour, and his several actions enabled the line to advance, saved many casualties, and inspired all.