He was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 23 April 1880, the son of solicitor Herbert Henry Harvey and his wife Helena (née Sindall).
He studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, and then Wells Theological College.
The 1911 Census listed him a Clerk in Holy Orders and living in Lowestoft.
Within a few years, he had moved to New Zealand, where he became a vicar in Wadestown from 1914 to 1917. During the First World War, he served as a Chaplain ("Reverend 4th Class").
He served as a Curate in Pinner, London, from 1919 to 1926. In February 1920 he married Muriel de Vellen Lee and they had one daughter:
He next returned to Lincolnshire, where he served as the Vicar of Woodhall Spa. In 1937, he became the Vicar of Wombourne, Staffordshire.
The Rev. Cyril Herbert Harvey died on 7 July 1940 at the Connaught Nursing Home in Wolverhampton. His body was returned to Spalding where he was buried on 10 July. At the same time as he was being laid to rest, a memorial service was held at Wombourne Parish Church, conducted by the Archdeacon on Stafford.
Muriel de Vellen Harvey died in 1984, aged 92.