Edgar Percival Jary

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Lambeth, London
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1/4th
Rank / Service No: Private, 240716
Died: 21st January 1916, aged 20 years
Commemorated: Basra Memorial, Iraq


Edgar was the elder of 2 siblings born to William and Alice Isabel McLead Jary (nee Rochfort), who married in Birmingham in 1892.


William was born in 1865 and he died in London in 1927. By 1901, the relationship with his wife had evidently broken down because she remarried in that year.


Alice was born in Calcutta on 6 February 1869. In 1901, in Paddington, she married Walter Thomas Rothwell Nixey.

Walter had been born in Windsor in 1870. The couple both died in their 90’s and were married for 59 years.


Alice passed away in St. Austell in 1960, with Walter passing away the following year.


Edgar had a sister…….


Violet Kathleen   b. 1893 Bognor   d. ??   Married Noel Mark Hodson Vernham in Paddington on 17 November 1916.

Noel died in France during WW1, less than 3 months after the wedding, on 4 February 1917. He was a member of the Royal Flying Corps, in 16 Squadron, operating as a Corps reconnaissance unit from Bruay-la-Bussiere in northern France when he was shot down.


Edgar was at St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate at the 1911 Census.



The 1/4th battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914, part of the Hampshire Brigade in the Wessex Division.

They landed in Karachi on 11 November 1914 but sailed for Mesopotamia in early March 1915, arriving at Basra on 18th with the 33rd Indian Brigade as part of the 12th Indian Divsion.


The battalion was to remain in Mesopotamia and Persia for the rest of the war.


Edgar was almost certainly based at Kut Garrison at the time of his death. The garrison was regularly attacked, and Edgar perished around the time the Turks were trying to starve the garrison into surrender.


The Memorial commemorates the more than 40,500 Commonwealth servicemen who died in operations in Mesopotamia from August 1914 to August 1921, with no known grave.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016


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