Jan Harvey – we will remember

Jan Harvey
Jan Harvey

She was the driving force behind Grangemouth British Legion and then became the first ever female chairperson of Royal British Legion Scotland.

Jan Harvey was also a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who balanced her commitment to the Legion with the love and care she gave to her family and friends.

Sadly Jan died last Tuesday night at the age of 74 after an illness.

When the Falkirk Herald spoke to her in August about her historic appointment to head the Royal British Legion Scotland she talked about her hopes to bring the Legion into the 21st century and to highlight the fact there are young veterans of more recent conflicts out there who need our help too.

At the time she said: “I was in Thurso the other day and I’m going to Kirkwall branch soon to get our message across to as many people as possible. I will hopefully be in the post for three years so I’ve set my own targets and goals.

“One is to help even more service people and another is raising awareness of RBLS and what we do. We have a lot of young veterans now who should be encouraged to take advantage of the help, support and comradeship the Legion can offer.”

Portonian Jan served her country in the Women’s Royal Army Corps from 1959 to 1962 and met a dashing young RAF man Peter Harvey. The couple enjoyed over half a century of marriage, raised four children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

After leaving the army corps, Jan took up a post with HM Customs and Excise, starting in Grangemouth, then moving down to London, working at the city’s port. She retired in 2000.

Jan became the first ever female chairman of Grangemouth Royal British Legion and became the first woman elected to the post of Royal British Legion Scotland vice chairman in the organisation’s 90 plus year existence.

Just how loved, highly regarded and respected Jan was by everyone who knew her will be clear for all to see at her funeral on Tuesday, December 29, at Sacred Heart Church, Drummond Place, Grangemouth.

The service begins at 9.30am and then moves to Falkirk Crematorium, in Camelon at 10.45am.

Then from noon a reception will take place at Grangemouth British Legion Club, Dundas Street. Peter and the family welcomes flowers and cards and letters may be sent to the family care of the Grangemouth Club.