Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
5 Aug 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
Lieut Harold Victor Ramsey (registered at birth as Harry Victor) was born in 1880 in Romford, Essex.
In 1911 he is living with his brother George William in Endsleigh High St, Wanstead, and both are working in the London Stock Exchange.
He died of pneumonia at Wardown Military Hospital on August 5th, 1918, at the age of 38. He was unmarried.
Harry Ramsey had fought in the South African (Boer) War. Attached to the Honourable Artillery Company, he was subsequently gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery.
He was an early volunteer when war with Germany broke out and served on various fronts, including West Africa, where he contracted malaria. He came to Biscot and was in C Battery and popularly known as 'Blackie' Ramsey. He served as an officer in the riding school.
He was buried on Thursday, August 8th, in the Church Cemetery, Crawley Green Cemetery. An impressive parade of officers and men followed the coffin, which was draped with a Union Jack and carried on a gun carriage drawn by a team of black horses, from Wardown to the cemetery. Lieut Ramsey's own horse followed with his boots and spurs reversed.
The procession was led by the band of the Middlesex Regiment through streets lined with people. Chaplain (Capt Hayward) officiated at the burial, during which volleys were fired at the graveside and the Last Post sounded. Fellow officers at Biscot Camp erected a headstone in his honour.