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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Calvert, Henry de la Varty

Lieutenant Henry (Harry) de la Varty Calvert

was born in Kamptee, India (where his father was stationed) in 1913, the son of Henry de la Varty Calvert and Margaret Calvert (nee McVeigh).

The parents belonged to Crescent Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Thanks to Lennon Wylie and Nigel Henderson.

Following his education, Calvert joined the Ulster Bank.

He is recorded as being a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery (1940).  This follows his promotion from Officer Cadet.  His service number was 151110.

During WWII, he was captured in Crete by the Germans and held in a POW camp in Germany.

Following demobilisation after the war, Calvert continued his army career in the TA.  The London Gazette of 1956 records Lt Calvert being awarded the Efficiency Medal (Territorial).

The website Find a Grave records the details of his father, Henry de la Varty Calvert and supplies much of the rest of this biography.

Calvert married first to Ruby (Pillow) Calvert and had one son and one daughter; married second to Patricia.

After the war, he was branch manager of the Ulster Bank in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

After being divorced from Ruby, he married Patricia and they spent many years in Africa where he worked as comptroller for the UK subsidiary of the US firm, A.G. Spalding & Bros., based first in South Africa and then in Lagos, Nigeria.

After retiring, he and Pat settled first in Putney Hill, London and then returned to Northern Ireland where they lived in Seahill, Craigavad, County Down.

He was survived by his wife, Patricia, and his son, Peter Calvert of England and his daughter, Patricia (Calvert) Greenfield (Mrs. Michael Greenfield) of Durban, South Africa.

Harry de la Varty Calvert at his home in Seahill Drive, Seahill, Craigavad, County Down.

Henry de la Varty Calvert (Senior), circa. 1916, in British Army uniform of a regimental sergeant major.

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