Lt John Vernon Harcourt, Bedfords


1883 Jul 6 Born Birmingham on BMD Registers. The newspaper article shows that he was a orphan, but the article is so confused that it is difficult to get anywhere with it. It is difficult to see how or why Crawshaw should have been the guardian of Harcourt.

1891 census living in London

1901 census at Near Home Of The Sacred Mission, West Street, Mildenhall. His place of birth is "not known". The Sacred Mission had its beginnings in December 1890, when Father Herbert Hamilton Kelly began training ‘ordinary’ young men for the ‘Corean Missionary Brotherhood’ at Vassall Road Kennington in the United Kingdom. It relocated to Mildenhall in 1897 and to Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire in 1903.

1901 Sep 12. Court case. Princess Paleologue does exist, but I struggle to connect her to J V Harcourt. This clue to Harcourt comes from a con man called Tom Crawshaw

1902 Apr 10. Attested in London to Rifle Brigade. 34 Charville Rd, West Kensington.

1902 Sep 6. Attested to Bedfordshire Regt.

1905 transfers to Army Reserve

1911 census, I cannot find him

1914 Nov 18 Commissioned 2nd Lt Bedfordshire Reg. He had served 12 years 73 days in the Ranks

1915 Jan 7. Royal Munster Fusiliers, Second Lieutenant John V. Harcourt, from The Bedfordshire Regiment, to be Second Lieutenant, on exchange.

1915 Jun 25. R Munster Fus. The undermentioned Second Lieutenants to be temporary Lieutenants.— J. V. Harcourt

1915 Sep 30. R Muns. Fus.—The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts.: — J. V. Harcourt.

1915 Oct/Dec Married in Portsmouth, Hants to Viola B Hughes

1919 Jun 13. R. Muns. Fus.—Lt. J. V. Harcourt retires, receiving; a gratuity.

1921 Census He is a single Motor Storekeeper living Ex Officers Club, at Leicester Gardens, Paddington, London

1921 Nov 12. Joined ADRIC with service no 2171. Posted to D Coy

1921 Nov 19. "Services dispensed with" "Drink"

I then lose him