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Robert Harvie was born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire on 15th February 1891 to Margaret Rutherford Harvie (née Ms Ayton) and Robert Harvie, a master joiner and cabinet maker. He studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art from 1908 to 1909, during which time he worked as an architect's apprentice. In 1909 he emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where he worked as a civil engineer. In 1915 he enlisted with the Canadian Oversees Expeditionary Forces, with whom he fought until his death in combat on August 31st 1918. A newspaper article of the time describes that he was hospitalised after being gassed, but left without medical permission to go back into action. He was killed several weeks later in the battle of Drocourt-Queant. Robert Harvie is listed on The Glasgow School of Art's World War One Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Canadian Great War Project: http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com.