About Keith Harvey
Harold, or Keith as he was known was born in Letterston, Wales in 1895 to Joshua and Emily Harvey. Keith emigrated to Australia sometime before 1914.
Keith was working as a shell opener in the pearling industry when war broke out. He enlisted in Broome and his Attestation Paper signed by W. Clarke Hall, Mayor of Broome. His medical was performed by Smythe Yule in Broome. Keith listed Broome as his home address on his Attestation Paper.
After enlisting in Broome, Keith travelled to Perth with a number of other Broome men. He was assigned to the 28th Battalion, C Company, which embarked at Fremantle aboard the HMAT Ascanius, and sailed to Egypt, landing at Gallipoli on 4 September 1915. While in Gallipoli he was attached to a machine gun unit, where he remained until the Gallipoli withdrawral. After a general reorganisation of the AIF, Keith was sent to Marseilles with the 28th where they entrained for Northern France, taking the line near Bois Grenier. It was here that Keith was killed in action during a routine spell in the trenches on 25 April 1916. His younger brother Ralph De Warenne Harvey also fell during WWI.
Other Online Resources
View Harold Keith Harvey at the National Archives of Australia
View Harold (Keith) Harvey at the Australian War Memorial