Lionel Harvey had established himself as a successful and reliable goalkicker in the Norwood Reserves when on the morning of the 18th July, the regular league full forward, Joseph Chamberlain was a late withdrawal from the side to play West Adelaide. Harvey was promoted to make his league debut, having shown excellent form in the Reserves.
In the Advertiser’s report of the game, it said of Harvey, “He justified his selection by kicking 2 goals,” and “did not look out of place.” Norwood won by 44 points.
He played the following week against Sturt with Norwood again winning by 32 points and Harvey contributing three goals.
The following week with the recovery of Chamberlain, Lionel Harvey resumed his goalkicking duties in the Reserves having been a most competent replacement.
In 1914 Harvey enlisted in the Army and embarked for overseas with the 48th Battalion. He served with the battalion at Gallipoli and later in France. In March 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal but in April 1917 he was killed in action at Bullecourt in France. His brother William Victor Harvey who had enlisted and survived the war, played two games for Norwood in 1919.
B Ridge May 2014