Arthur Jarvis

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 42537
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Battalion: First
Died: 20th November 1917 aged 27
Death location: Cambrai

Life before the War
Arthur’s father, John Jarvis, was in the army from 1880 – 1886.  He was a private in the Rifle Brigade, based in the Winchester barracks.  He married Mary Smith in Winchester in March 1886.  When John left the army they moved to 5 Duke Street, Southampton where John took employment in the docks.


Family photo 1901: Standing from the left is Florence (aged 9), Mary E (aged 12). Seated from the left is their father John (aged 40) with George (aged 3) sat on his knee, Annie (aged 7), Arthur (aged 5), Harry (aged 1) sat on the lap of their mother Mary (aged 40). James (Jim) was 15 and away at sea in the Merchant Navy.

Arthur’s 6 siblings were:

James yob. 1886 – dod. not known
Mary dob. 1890 – dod. 1934
Florence dob. 1892 – dod. 1935
Annie dob. 1894 – dod. 1974
George dob. 1898 – dod. 1921
Harry dob. 1899 – dod. 1953

War service
Before joining the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Arthur was in the Army Service Corps.  Arthur has no known grave but he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Panels 5 and 6.

Medals awarded to him posthumously include the 1914-18 War Cross, 1914-18 War Medal and Victory Medal.

Other commemoration
John and Mary Jarvis are buried in Southampton Old Cemetery. The inscription on their gravestone reads:

“In loving memory of John the beloved husband of Mary Jarvis who died October 11th 1911 aged 53 years. Also of their son Arthur killed in action in France November 20th 1917 aged 22. George who died February 6th 1921 aged 23.”

Researcher: Carol Masters, Arthur’s Great Niece.
Published.: 14th January 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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