Updated 21 Aug 2011
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Dr George Harvey 1842-1923
Derbyshire Times, Sat 1 Dec 1923
THE LATE DR G HARVEY
The late Dr George Harvey, JP, was
interred in Wirksworth Cemetery, in the
same grave as his wife, on Thursday afternoon.
The first portion of the service was
held in the Parish Church, the Rev H
Ham, vicar, and the Revs Trevor Jones
and W Tonge officiating. The full choir
was in attendance, and Mr E S Jones,
organist, played "Blest are the departed"
Chopin's "Funeral March", and "O rest
in the Lord". The hymn "Now the
labourer's task is o'er", was sung.
Among those present were the Misses
Thornton, Mr and Mrs C W Webster,
Mrs N P Wilshire, Mr and Mrs A
Macbeth, Mr A de M Severne, Dr E D
Broster, Mr and Mrs T Atkinson, Ald
G H Wheatcroft, Messrs J Tremaine,
W G Nyilassy, H L Coulson, E G
Goodwin, W Killer, W W Marsden, D
R Marsden, C Wright, Major C B
Symonds, Capt Jack Symonds, Messrs
G Gamble, A Bowmer, Mrs Bowmer,
Messrs J Anthony, Edward Moore, R
Johnston, Richard Taylor, Mrs Benyon,
Miss Harrison, Inspector Hollis, Police-
sergt Bunting, and P C Pakes.
The family mourners were Dr Arthur
Harvey (son), Misses Ida, Maude and
Florence Harvey (daughters), with
Mr J H Starkey, JP, and Mr W Sealy
The coffin was borne by Messrs F Peat,
J W Barker, J Wigley, T Wigley, W
Gallimore, W Wheatcroft, and Herbert
Palin. The wreathes were many and very
Dr George Harvey (1842-1923)
Dr George Harvey practised as a Doctor of Medicine in Wirksworth
from before 1871 to after 1911, and was of course a well known
figure in the town. Details of the Doctor's life are not easy to
come by. Contact with his descendant Sue O'Sullivan raises the
possibility of more information, see emails.
1842 Julia 1849 1848
George 1873 Agnes John 1870 Priscilla
1923 | 1919 |
| | | | | | | |
1875 1876 1879 1882 1875 1877 1879 1880
Ida Arthur Maud Flor. Sarah Mary Lucy Fred
George 1958 1975 Jane Elizab
George unmarried Jane
1948 | |--------|
| | |
1891?? | Joseph
Arthur Mary William
Inscription in Wirksworth cemetery: QC051
1911 Census for 1 West End Wirksworth DBY
HARVEY, George Head Married M 69 1842 Surgeon Cove Cork IRE
HARVEY, Julia Agnes Wife Married 38 years F 66 1845 Helgate LND
HARVEY, Arthur Geo Son Sing M 35 1876 Surgeon - Partner Wirks DBY
HARVEY, Maude Daughter Single F 32 1879 Wirksworth DBY
HARVEY, Florence Daughter Single F 29 1882 Wirksworth DBY
SWINSWE, Bertha Servant Single F 31 1880 Cook Cromford DBY
COULTHREAD, Edith Servant Single F 23 1888 Housemaid Belper DBY
Cambridge University Alumni 1261-1900
Name: Arthur George. Harvey
College: ST JOHN'S
Entered: Michs. 1894
Born: 20 Mar 1876
Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Oct. 4, 1894.
S. of George, surgeon, of Wirksworth, Derbs.[and Julia Agnes Potter].
B. there Mar. 20, 1876.
Schools, Wirksworth Grammar (Mr A. Berridge)
and Malvern College (Mr A. St John Gray).
Matric. Michs. 1894; B.A. 1897; M.B. and B.C. 1905; M.D. 1909.
At the Middlesex Hospital, London. M.R.C.S.; L.R.C.P., 1903.
House Physician at the Middlesex Hospital.
In practice at Wirksworth, Derbs.
Medical Officer of Health, Bonsall Urban District.
Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Capt., R.A.M.C.).
Of 27, Rugby Road, Brighton, in 1944.
(Malvern Coll. Reg.; Medical Directories.)
from 14th August 1915 BMJ (British Medical Journal).
'Low SPECIFIc GRAVITY OF URINE.
DR. ARTHUR GEORGE HARVEY (Wirksworth, Derbyshire) writes:
A few days ago a gentleman came to me to be examined for life insurance.
He was a healthy, vigorous young man, aged 28, engaged in farming. I left
him alone to pass urine, and on returning to the room I was surprised to
find the fluid was exactly like spring water, and had a specific gravity
of 1000. He was perfectly normal in every other respect. The next morning
he sent a sample of his urine passed early in the morning. This sample was
normal in colour, had a specific gravity of 1024, acid, and free from
albumin and sugar. I have frequently had cases of low specific gravity of
urine due to nervousness, but never one approaching this case. The
peculiarity of this case is that he showed no sign of nervousness during
examination, and I am inclined to attribute it to his drinking large
quantities of tea, as he is a total abstainer. I should like to have the
experiences of other men on the subject'.
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The information we have about the Harvey's is not very extensive but as below:
As you said Dr. George Harvey came from Cork, Ireland. His wife Julia
(Potter) from the Middlesex area. Surgeon and Certifying Factory Surgeon
and Medical Officer Wirksworth District, Belper Union and Medical Officer
to Matlock Bath urban district. Member of the Royal College of Surgeons.
I found a few references to him in the BMJ. Photo we took of grave attached.
It appears that none of George/Julia's children married. In the 30's they
seem to have moved to Brighton, Arthur George passing away in 1948, Maud
1958, Ida 1962 and Florence 1975. In George Harvey's Will he bequeathed
£11,300.23 to Ida Harvey and Arthur George, what we couldn't understand was
that both Ida and Florence were still alive (they were at his funeral) but
they didn't seem to get mentioned in the will.
You being an expert, what would the education standard in the mining area
of Somercotes (a poor area in the early 1900s?) have been like? We have
some of our grandfather's wartime diaries and he seems to have been quite
well educated and intelligent, able to express himself well but he came
from quite a poor background. His diaries noted several visits of King
George, to Scapa Flow and the writer Rudyard Kipling aboard HMS Mischief
(grandad's ship) Grandad was studying geology, scope and value etc. of
course with mining in mind. Because his link with the Harvey's was never
talked about, we just wondered if there could have been any contribution
to his education. I realise this is all conjecture but intriguing.
His son Arthur George Harvey (whom we understand is our great grandfather):
Just looking at the list of coffin bearers:
J W Barker - we have a Joseph William Barker,
he was a brother of Mary Wilson (nee Barker),
wife of our Grandfather Arthur Wilson.
I can't imagine it would be our J W Barker,
but intriguing all the same.
On looking further at the Sarah Jane Wilson you
have a record of I don't think it is the same as our Sarah Jane:
Born 1875 Birchwood, Derbyshire, Father John Wilson
and mother Priscilla Wilson (nee Bonsall) Father Thomas Bonsall 1815.
We are all thrilled with the picture of George Harvey.
Yes, I have!
They sent me photocopies of the obituary and photo from a local newspaper.
The quality of the photo is rather poor though (see attached scan).
Dear Mr Palmer
Apologies for keeping you waiting so long. It has taken me a wee while to
search our newspapers on film, for this gentleman.
I checked the High Peak News (I thought the most likely one) on Dec. 1st,
8th and 15th, nothing there.
I checked the Derby Mercury and found an obituary in the issue for
I checked the Derbyshire Times and found a photograph ... bearing the
caption "Dr Harvey of Wirksworth" "a full obituary and report of funeral
appear on another page". I couldn't find the "other page". Checked
through the next edition also, not there. I asked Ruth (Gordon) and she
said that they may well have had a wee space for the photograph in the
Chesterfield edition, which is what this was, but the rest was probably
in the Matlock edition. Which, of course, has not survived to be filmed.
I checked the Ashbourne Telegraph for Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th and found
nothing. So saying, I have to send you, the obituary from the Derby
Mercury and a photograph (quite a reasonable one) from the Derbyshire Times.
This may be satisfactory for you but if you wish to search further
Ruth said it might be worth trying the Ashbourne News Telegraph and the
Belper News. However, they are at Ashbourne and Belper libraries
respectively and at Derby Local Studies Library.
It's such a shame the DTimes obit. hasn't survived, maybe someone local
clipped it at the time, but it's a case of tracking it down of course.
If you can send a land line address I will post out to you the photograph
and the obituary. I don't think they will scan to email very well.
One last possibility, we have a few bits that have been donated from the
estate of Michael Handley of Wirksworth, who sadly died last year.
I will check through those. I don't think there are many photographs though.
Have you tried DRO and Derby Local Studies?
I haven't got round to putting this info on a webpage yet, maybe when I
can get some info from you to add to it?
In a Walker pedigree www.wirksworth.org.uk/P-WALK-2.htm.
I have a Sarah Jane Wilson b 1874 Could this be the one?
Keep me posted
John Palmer, Dorset, England
Author of Wirksworth website
From: Sue O'S
To: John Palmer
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: Dr. George Harvey, Wirksworth, South End
I just wondered if you had any feedback from the Local Studies Library at
With best wishes
From: John Palmer
To: Sue O'S
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: Dr. George Harvey, Wirksworth, South End
Thanks for the email. Glad you liked the website.
Alas, I don't think I have a photo of Dr George Harvey. He seems to have
practised in Wirksworth from before 1871 to after 1911, and came from Cork
in Ireland. He was a very well known personality in the town, and was
buried there, and certainly deserves a webpage if I could get a photo of him.
Perhaps you would contribute what you know of the good doctor? I am writing
to the Local Studies Library at Matlock to see if they have an Obituary
(1923) and perhaps a photo.
John Palmer, Dorset, England
Author of Wirksworth website,
From: Sue O'S
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 10:17 AM
Subject: Dr. George Harvey, Wirksworth, South End
I think you website is fab. I have searched through it on numerous
I don't know if you can point me in the right direction:
Myself and my sister are visiting Wirksworth next week, staying in the
town for a week. We are doing a bit of family research as our father
originally came from Somercotes.
There is a bit of a 'skeleton in the cupboard' as there is in most families,
in that my father's father, Arthur Wilson was born out of wedlock to a
Sarah Jane Wilson, who was a maid at Dr. Harvey's house in Wirksworth and
became pregnant by the son Arthur George Harvey, (who became a surgeon and
is mentioned in various papers pertaining to Wirksworth and the surrounding
area) the Harvey's offered to take on the child/help with his upbringing
but the Wilson's closed rank and refused any help. The Harvey's are my
families ancestors and we have done quite a bit of research on them and it
seems none of the children of George Harvey and Julia Harvey ever married.
What interests us most though is the possibility of any photographs that
appeared in the local press of any of them. They must have had a bit of
standing in the town and been photographed at some functions. Any ideas of
where we could look? I have studied the photos on site but can't find
Look forward to hearing from.
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