World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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Charles Harvie

Service: Royal Navy
Unit: HMS Mourne
Rank: Leading Seaman
Service Number: D/JX 260322

Charles Harvie was born in Newton Mearns on 29 August 1911, son of George and Jessie Rodger Harvie sometime of Netherplace Farm, Newton Mearns. He married Helen Hunter Drummond in Lochgelly, Fife on 26 February 1942.

He was a leading seaman on the frigate HMS Mourne, commanded by Lieutenant Commander R.S. Holland, which on 15 June 1944 was on patrol off the western entrance of the English Channel together with other warships of the 5th Escort Group, to screen Operation Neptune, the Allied landings in Normandy.

There was U-boat activity in the area and at 13.45 hrs, HMS Mourne made sonar contact with a U -boat. She turned towards U-boat - U-767, commanded by Oberleutnant Walter Dankleff, when a torpedo struck the bow and she disappeared in an explosion caused by the ignition of the forward magazine. The commander, 7 officers and 102 ratings were lost, and another rating later died of wounds. Charles was 32 years of age and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial.

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