Private Edward James Harvey enlisted on 4 January 1916 at the age of 20. He was a single man, working as a wood machinist and was a Methodist. He lived in Macquarie Street Parramatta with his family. His father was Mr George Harvey, and his mother was Mrs Annie Brown, remarried. He served as part of the 56 Australian Infantry Battalion. He embarked aboard the SS Makarini on 1 April 1916 from Sydney. He served in France and Tel el Kebir, Egypt, and was treated for injuries in England. On 30 March 1917 he was admitted to hospital with a severed foot. He was wounded in action in France on 29 September 1917, suffering a gunshot wound to the spine, and died of these wounds on 17 October 1917 in the United Kingdom at the age of 22. He was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Pirbright, Surrey, England, United Kingdom. His name is located on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial at number 162 in the Commemorative Area.
Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2019