27 Jul 2005                   


            Husband: Percy Charles HARTE     died at age: 73 
               Born: 3 Aug 1873           in 2 St Ann's Terrace Marylebone  1
            Resided: 1881                 at 22/24 St Anne Terrace Middx  2
             Census: 31 Mar 1901          at 27 Cranley Gardens Hornsey Middx  
            Resided: 18 Aug 1909          at Westbury, Holden Road, North Finchley  3
            Resided: 1 Jun 1935           at Glen Wathen, Finchley North London  
            Resided:                      at Ashmount, Woodside Avenue Finchley  
         Occupation: 1901                 Chief Secretary's Clerk L S W Bank  4
         Occupation: 1912                 Joint City Manager London & South Western Bank  5
         Occupation: 1932                 Treasurer Barclays Bank  6,7
               Died: 4 Jan 1947           in Totteridge North London  
     Cause of death:                      Congestive cardiac failure; myocardial degradation; chronic bronchitis  
            Probate: 7 Mar 1947           at Principal Probate Registry London  8
         Father: Edward William HARTE
             Mother: Mary Ann CULLEN 


               Wife: Edith RUSS      died at age: 64 
            Married: 5 July 1897          in St John's Wood Presbyterian Church  9,10
               Born: 17 Jun 1875          at 3.15 am - Northampton Sq Clerkenwell  11,12
               Died: 10 Feb 1940          in Middlesex Hospital  
           Baptized: 18 Sept 1875         at St George's Hanover Square  13
         Father: Christian Carl Gottfried RUSS 
         Mother: Emily CALLAWAY 

          F Child 1: Doris Edith HARTE       died at age: 82 
               Born: 4 Nov 1898           in Crouch End Hornsey  14
               Died: 27 Sep 1981          in Bournemouth  15
            Resided:                      at 94 Fir Tree Road Banstead Surrey  
             Census: 31 mar 1901          at 27 Cranley Gardens Hornsey  16
             Spouse: Albert Edward WITHERS  b. c 1890  d. c 1985  
          M Child 2: Percy Dudley HARTE      
               Born: 17 April 1903        at 27 Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill Road  
          Emigrated:                      to South Africa as young adult  
               Died: 1970                 in South Africa - date unsure  
             Spouse: Phemie DOWER  d. 1980  
   Resided (family):                      in Tamboers Kloof Cape Town  
          M Child 3: Harold Edward HARTE       died at age: 88 
               Born: 26 Sep 1907          in Barnet North London  
               Died: 10 Aug 1996          in Crowborough Sussex  
     Cause of death:                      Senile myocardial degeneration; squamous cell carcinoma scalp  
          Education:                      Berkhamstead School  
         Occupation: 1925 - 1950 Barclays Bank  
         Occupation: 1950 - 1967 Barclays Trustee Manager, Brighton  
            Resided: 1 Jun 1935           at Glen Wathen, Finchley North London  
            Resided:                      at Fen Ditton, Peter Ave Oxted Surrey  
              Event: 1940                 Evacuated to Exeter  
            Resided:                      at The Garth, Limpsfield Surrey  
            Resided: 1950 - 1967          at Devonshire House, Dyke Road Ave Hove  
             Spouse: Marjorie Irene SCAIFE  Formal name Peggy b. 15 Jan 1907  d. 19 Aug 1998  
            Married: 1 Jun 1935           in All Saints Carshalton Father LAH Isaac officiated  17
          Separated: 1967                   
          M Child 4: Leslie Patrick HARTE       died at age: 31 
               Born: 18 Aug 1909          at Westbury, Holden Road, North Finchley  18
          Education:                      LDS, LRCS (England), DMD (Harvard)  
         Occupation:                      Dental Surgeon  
           Military:                      Capt. Army Dental Corps - att'd RAMC  
               Died: 25 Apr 1941          in Mediterranean  19,20,21,22
             Buried: May 1941             in Alexandria Egypt Hadra 2.A.1  23
            Resided: 6 Feb 1935           at 23 Nassau St, London W 1  24
             Spouse: Doris May PONTING  Nickname Doree b. 1908  d. 1985  
            Married: 6 Feb 1935           at All Souls Langham Place  25

Sources:
(1) Certified Copy, as recorded on Birth Certificate; 1881 Census has 22/24 St 
Anne Terrace. 
(2) Census 1881, RG11 piece 0162 Fol 91 page 24. 
(3) Certified Copy, Leslie Harte birth certificate. 
(4) Census 1901, RG13-1244-127-34 SN168. 
(5) A Short History of the London & South Western Bank Ltd (Blades, East & 
Blades 1913), 'It [the Bank] now enters more freely into the higher range of 
financial affairs of the Country.   With a balance sheet running into over 
23,000,000 and a reserve equal to its capital, it is fully fitted to fill such 
a position, and its claims have been completely recognised.  Mr. Hambling 
[General Manager] has Mr. Straker as his Assistant General Manager and the City 
Office is under the control of Messrs. P.C. Harte and J.J. Spear', 13. 
(6) A.W. Tuke & R.J.H. Gillman, Barclays Bank Limited 1926 - 1969 (Barclays 
Bank1972), 'On the day when Bank Rate was reduced to 2 per cent, 30 June 1932, 
an offer was announced to exchange the 5 per cent War loan, which was redeemable 
at any time between 1929 and 1947, into an irredeemable 3.5 per cent stock, and 
big holders such as ourselves were put under severe moral pressure to accept.  
It had been generally believed that because of the immense amount of this stock 
in issue, over 2,000 million, the Government would have to tackle it piecemeal, 
but not only did they redeem it in one bite, but they offered an irredeemable 
stock in exchange for a redeemable one, which was not at all in accordance with 
the best traditions of the City.  This event was particularly galling to us 
because it was not long since our Treasurer, Percy Harte, holding strongly the 
belief to which I have referred, and expressing it very dogmatically as was his 
custom, had persuaded the Chairman that we should be wise to sell our holding of 
3.5 per cent Conversion Stock, another irredeemable security, at about 90 and 
buy in its place the redeemable 5 per cent War Loan at something over par.  
Imagine their feelings when they discovered that they had sold a stock at 90 and 
bought back at over 100 one which was scarcely distinguishable from it.  F.C.G 
[F C Goodenough - Chairman] never forgave Harte for this error of judgement, but 
Harte was in good company.  A little later I heard a whisper that the investor 
on the other end of this transaction was the Midland Bank, but I do not suppose 
that anyone dared tell F.C.G. this; certainly I did not.  Se non e vero, e ben 
trovato', 34. 
(7) A.W. Tuke & R.J.H. Gillman, Barclays Bank Limited 1926 - 1969 (Barclays 
Bank1972), 'Another scandal where we were bankers to the company was that of the 
Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Here the company did not fail, though it had to 
be reorganized, but its chairman, Lord Kylsant, found himself in the dock, and 
eventually in prison, because of a failure which could be described as technical 
to disclose in a prospectus that certain losses had been met out of reserves and 
that dividends had been paid without that fact having been stated.  It is highly 
unlikely that Lord Kylsant intended at any time to be dishonest, but he was not 
accustomed to listening to advice if it did not suit him: a typical case of 
'hubris' being visited by its inevitable 'nemesis'.  Although we were one of the 
bankers to the company, our name fortunately did not appear on the prospectus in 
question.  We have already met the Bank's treasurer, Percy Harte, in connection 
with an investment transaction which did not turn out very happily.  One of the 
treasurer's sidelines was the 'vetting' of any customer's prospectus on which 
the Bank's name was to appear, and in these cases, although we took no 
reponsibility for the issue and merely had to receive the applications, we were 
accustomed to look at the draft with a critical eye and if necessary to require 
alterations to be made before it was issued.  When the Royal Mail prospectus 
came along Harte found one or two flaws in it, and told his Lordship's minion 
that certain alterations would have to be made if the Bank's name was to appear. 
The minion said 'I can't tell Lord Kylsant that', to which Harte replied 'All 
right, send him to me; I'll tell him'.  Charged with this even more embarrassing 
message the minion withdrew, and we later heard that our support was not 
required.', 38. 
(8) Probate Registry certified copy, 'And it is hereby certified...........that 
the gross value of the said Estate in Great Britain..............amounts to 102 
770 - 2 - 8 and that the net value of the personal estate amounts to 97 454 - 
10 -4.  And it is further certified.............that 33 010- 13 - 6 on account 
of Estate Duty and interest in such duty has been paid'. 
(9) DK, 'Edith had married a bank clerk', 23. 
(10) Certified Copy, 'aged 23 - bank clerk, residing at 7 Gladys Road, Hampstead  
to Edith Russ aged 21 spinster; of 27 Clifton Hill, Marylebone at St John's Wood 
Presbyterian Church, Marlborough Place by certificate by J M Gibson'. 
(11) Emily Callaway, Day Book, 'Edith born June 17th 1875 at 3.15 am registered 
June 28th Parish of Clerkenwell, christened at St George's W. September 18th'. 
(12) Census 1901, London Northampton Sq, RG13-1244-127 p34. 
(13) Emily Callaway, Day Book. 
(14) Census 1901, "London Crough End Mdx", RG13-1244-127-34 SN168. 
(15) Death Notice, 'WITHERS - On Sept 27 1981 in a Bournemouth nursing home, 
DORIS EDITH, aged 82 years, dearly loved wife of Edward.  Service Bournemouth 
Crematorium on Thursday Oct 1 at 10.45 am.  No flowers, please but, donations if 
desired for the RUKBA, may be sent to George Scott & Son (F.D.) Ltd 13/15 
Somerset Road, Boscombe Bournemouth. Tel 35827'. 
(16) Census 1901, "Doris Edith Hart age 2 born London Crough End Mdx", 
RG13-1244-127-34 SN168. 
(17) Certified Copy, June first 1935: All Saints Church, Carshalton by L A H Isaac 
Priest: 
Harold Edward Harte age 27 - Bank official of Glen Wathen Finchley N3 - father 
Percy Charles Harte [Treasurer of Barclays Bank - retd] 
and Marjorie Irene Scaife age 28 of Tregarrick, South Rise, Carshalton - father 
Edwin George Scaife (deceased) [Drapers Buyer] 
Witnesses Percy C Harte, Edwin S Scaife and E G Scaife. 
(18) Certified Copy, Birth registered by Percy Charles Harte - Bank Manager - on 
28 Sep 1909 before George Smith Registrar [entry no. 32] 
(19) Maj R A Stephen, 'nobody saw him embark on a boat........One of the ships 
that did get away was sunk.....A destroyer was sunk picking up survivors and I 
know definitely that Leslie wasn't aboard it.  I found that out from one of the 
survivors.  I can't tell if he was on the first boat or not', 13 Jun 41. 
(20) Maj R A Stephen, 'At one time it looked as if our unit was going to be 
captured so a proportion of them were evacuated ahead of the rest.  Leslie was 
amongst these.  The majority of these embarked on a Greek ship which was 
attacked by dive bombers and sunk.  Two destroyers went to the rescue and both 
of these were sunk.  There were only eight survivors from the three ships', 5 
Oct 41. 
(21) Winston Churchill, The Second World War, "During the nights of the 24th and 
25th, 17,000 men were brought out, with the loss of two transports.  On the 
following night about 19,500 were got away from five embarkation points.  At 
Nauplion there was disaster.  The transport Slamat in a gallant but misguided 
effort to embark the maximum stayed too long in the anchorage.  Soon after dawn, 
when clearing the land, she was attacked and sunk by dive-bombers.  The 
destroyers Diamond and Wryneck, who rescued most of the 700 men on board, were 
both in turn sunk by air attack a few hours later.  There were only fifty 
survivors from all three ships.", vol III ch 12- The Greek Campaign. 
(22) Certified Copy, HARTE Leslie Patrick P/93936/5 - Lt (WS/Capt) Army Dental 
Corps [Emergency commission] age 31: date of death 'between 28/4/1941 and 
4/7/1941' in either Greece or at Sea in the Eastern Mediterranean.  Died as a 
result of military operations in Greece, Copy of Death Certificate from teh 
return of Officers Killed in Action or who have died while on Service Abroad. 
(23) Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org), 'In Memory of LESLIE 
PATRICK HARTE  
Captain  93936 Army Dental Corps attd., Royal Army Medical Corps 
who died on Friday, 25th April 1941. Age 31. 
Additional Information:  
Son of Percy Charles and Edith Harte; husband of Doris May Harte, of Golders 
Green, Middlesex. L.D.S., L.R.C.S.(England), D.M.D.(Harvard).     
Commemorative Information     
Cemetery:  ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt     
Grave Reference/Panel Number:  2. A. 1. 
Location:  
Hadra is a district on the eastern side of Alexandria and is south of the main 
carriageway to Aboukir, known as Al Horaya, near the University of Alexandria. 
The Cemetery is on the road Sharia Manara. The junction of this road and Al 
Horaya is diagonally opposite the University of Alexandria.     
Historical Information:  
During the 1914-1918 War, Alexandria became a great Anglo-French camp and 
hospital centre, and in 1915 was made the base of the Mediterranean 
Expeditionary Force. The 1939-1945 War saw Alexandria again an important centre. 
To the hospitals were brought casualties from the campaigns in Greece, Crete and 
the Aegean islands; camps were set up for men on leave from the desert; Kom el 
Dikk Fort (constructed in 1799 by the Napoleonic leader Colonel Criban and 
occupied by the British from 1882 until February 1947) was the centre of 
military telephonic and telegraphic communications for the Middle and Near East, 
the Headquarters of the Military Police and a powerful anti-aircraft base; and 
from the port sailed convoys bearing supplies to hard-pressed Malta. The 
original part of the cemetery, which is built partly over Roman catacombs, was 
acquired in February 1916, when it was found that the cemetery at Chatby, a few 
hundred yards to the North-West, would not be large enough for all the burials 
from the Alexandria hospitals. It was first used in April 1916, under the name 
of Hadra New Military Cemetery, and it remained in use until December 1919. 
Nearly all the burials took place from the 15th, 17th, 19th, and 21st General 
Hospitals and the Military Hospital at Ras-el-Tin; but a number of graves of 
December, 1917 are due to the sinking of transports outside Alexandria. In 
December 1919 and January 1920 sixty British graves from some small graveyards 
in the Western Desert (due mostly to operations against the Senussi Arabs) and 
from Maadia and Rosetta were brought in. There are now 1692, 1914-18 war and 
1313, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these 20, 1914-18 
and 68, 1939-45 are unidentified. Also commemorated in this site are 44 Foreign 
National and 18 non-world war casualties'. 
(24) Certified Copy, Marriage Certificate. 
(25) Certified Copy, 6 Feb 1935: Leslie Patrick Harte  age 25 Dental Surgeon - 23 
Nassau St London W 1 - to Doris May Ponting age 26 - Pembury, Friern Lane, 
Whetstone: Church of ALl SOuls ST Marylebone by L F E Foxell.  Witnesses - both 
fathers: Percy Charles Harte [Banker] and William Robert Ponting [Broker]