Harvey Smith Steven

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no:
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st/4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Trenches near Givenchy
  • Age at Death: 27
  • Date of Death: 07/10/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: I. F. 2.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 24.07.1888
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Solicitor
  • Mother:

    Kate White Steven

  • Father:

    Robert Steven (Solicitor)

  • Siblings:

    Sidney, James, and Robert

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Harvey Smith Steven

Lieutenant Harvey Smith Steven studied at Dundee High School prior to joining the Scottish Horse Yeomanry in September 1914. He was later commissioned into the 4th Black Watch in February 1915.

Harvey Smith Steven   Lieutenant   Black Watch

Lieutenant Harvey Smith Steven, of the Black Watch has been killed at the front.  Just about a fortnight ago his brother, Lieutenant Sidney H. Steven, M.C., also of the 4th Black Watch, fell on the field gallantly upholding the great fighting traditions of the Black Watch.

Intimation of Lieutenant Steven’s death came to hand yesterday in letters from brother-officers and an official telegram from the War Office, which also contained an expression of sympathy from Lord Kitchener.

Major Rogers, 4th Black Watch, stated in his letter that Lieutenant Steven was killed by a rifle grenade in the trenches, and added–“Britain is the poorer to-day of two of the bravest and most gallant lads that ever lived.”

The late Lieutenant Steven went to the front only three weeks ago, and was posted to the company to which his brother Sidney had been attached.

Twenty-eight years of age he was the eldest son of Mr Robert Steven, of the firm of Rollo & Steven, solicitors, Dundee, and was engaged at Stirling as a lawyer.  Shortly after the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Scottish Horse as a trooper, and seven months later he received his commission in the Black Watch.

Dundee Courier 12th October 1915

Steven is named on the 1914-1918 War Memorial in St. Margaret’s Church, Barnhill, Dundee.

Information kindly supplied by Christine Johnston, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

Can you tell us more about Harvey Smith Steven? Some additional facts, a small story handed down through the family or perhaps a picture or an heirloom you can share online. Contact our curator...

THANK YOU for your interest in helping the Great War Dundee project. Please complete the short form below and a curator will contact you in the next few days.

I am writing to: