Lionel William (Skeet) HARVEY


HARVEY, Lionel William

Service Number: 1169
Enlisted: 14 September 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nhill, Victoria, 7 December 1888
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Killed in action, France, 11 April 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Murray Bridge Hospital Memorial Gates, Murray Bridge Roll of Honour WW1, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1169, 16th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1169, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1169, 48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Wounded SN 1169, 48th Infantry Battalion

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"Can any returned soldier give any information concerning 1169. Lance-Corporal Lionel W. Harvey, reported missing April 11. Any information will be gratefully received by his mother, Mrs. E. J. Harvey, Murray Bridge." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 01 Dec 1917 (


During the week information has been received in Murray Bridge that Sergt. Norman Page and Lance-Corpl. Lionel W. (Skeet) Harvey, who were I previously reported missing, are now reported as having been killed in action." - from the Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser 01 Mar 1918 (


The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA: 1880 - 1954) Friday 15 March 1918


There was no better known young man in Murray Bridge than Lance Corporal Lionel William (Skeet) Harvey, who was one of the foremost footballers and cricketers in the district. He was a son of Cr. Harvey, and at the meeting of the District Council of Mobilong, on the 1st inst. the chairman (Cr. Parish) referred in feeling terms to the loss of Cr. Harvey's son on the battlefield, and expressed his sympathy and that of his colleagues for Cr. Harvey and his wife and family in their bereavement. The late Lance-Corporal Harvey was born at Nhill, Victoria, on December 7, 1888, and left that district for S.A. with his parents when three months old. He enlisted in September, 1917, and sailed from Melbourne as a member of the 16th Battalion, on December 22, 1917. He saw service in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France, and ultimately became a member of the 48th Battalion. He was reported missing on April 11, 1917, but has now been reported as having been killed on that date. As a football player, though on the diminutive side, he was brilliant, and had been a member of the Norwood football team, West Torrens Club, and captain of the Murray Bridge and St. Andrew's Clubs. At Broken Hill he was a leading player in the "Broken" combination, and earned a reputation as a sterling and brilliant player. He was also a smart cricketer, and did equally well with bat and ball. He was one of four brothers who joined the colours, and his loss is very keenly felt among Murray Bridge sports.