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Thurnby, Leicester.
Bernard was the son of George Jarvis and his wife Jane nee Preston. George was born in 1854 at Thurnby, Leicestershire, and Jane on 9 May 1859 (A/M/J Stamford Lincolnshire), her birth place varies on the census records (Stamford, Northamptonshire and Wansford, Leicestershire). They had at least six children: George William (Willie) b. Gauntly 1887 (O/N/D Billesdon), Florence Ellen b. Thurnby 1880 (J/A/S Billesdon), James b. Thurnby 20 November 1882 (O/N/D Billesdon), Bernard b. Thurnby 1885 (A/M/J Billesdon), Rachael (poss. Rachel Kate) b. Thurnby abt 1888, and Christopher Percy b. Humberstone, Leicestershire, 1890 (poss. 1891 J/F/M Leicester). In 1881 George (28), a domestic gardener, and Jane [Jane Preston Jarvis] (22) were living in Everington, Leicestershire, with their two children Willie (3) and Florence (10 months). By 1891 the family was living on Main Street, Humberstone, Leicestershire. George was now working as a coachman groom. He and Jane had six children: George William (13) who was working as a packer at a shoe merchants, Florence (10), James (8), Bernard (6), Rachel (3) and Christopher (11 months). George Jarvis died before the 1901 census by which time his widow Jane (40), head of household, was living at 1 Eleanor Terrance, Meadows, Nottingham, and working as a tailoress. Also in the home on the night of the census were her sons James (19) a labourer in the leather trade, and Percy (11) who was at school. The census notes that James was blind in one eye. There was also a boarder in the household, Lottie Heighton (30). The same year, Jane's eldest son, George William (23), a leather tanner, was living at 7 Eleanor Terrace, Meadows, with his wife Alice (22 b. Roby Leicester) and their daughter Florence M (2, b. Roby). Also in the household on the night of the census were George's two sisters, Florence (20) a tailoress and Kate (sic) (13). Thus all the children apart from Bernard have been traced to Nottingham by the time of the 1901 Census. There is, though, a record of a Bernard Jarvis registered on the 1901 Census of Canada (document not sighted). However, if Bernard had spent time in Canada he had returned to the UK by 1909 as this was the year he married Emily Elizabeth Clapton (A/M/J Nottingham), who was born in 1886 in Carlton, Nottingham. They were living at 65 Martin Street, St. Ann's Well Road Nottingham, by the time of the 1911 Census. Bernard was a cement worker and Emliy worked as a pattern girl. Living with the couple were Emily's parents, John and Harriet Clayton; John was a farm labourer. Emily married Edward Burley in 1921 (O/N/D Nottingham) and probably died in 1953 (April Nottingham). According to a notice confirming Bernard's death which was placed in the local paper in 1918, his mother, Jane, was 'in Canada'. However, by 1939 she was living with her son James and his wife in Nottingham. She probably died in 1940 (J/F/M Nottingham). Of Bernard's siblings: George William may have died in 1947 (A/M/J Nottingham) James married Kate Masters (b. 24 August 1880) in 1904 (O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living in Nottingham with their children Bernard (5), Ivy Nellie (4), James (3) and Raymond (5 monthys). James was working as a warehouseman and Kate in the leather trade. By 1939 at the time the England & Wales Register was compiled they were living at 135 Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, Nottingham; James was working as a fruit salesman. Also in the household was his widowed mother Jane Jarvis. Christopher Percy appears to have joined the Grenaider Guards (service number 13682) in 1908 although by 1911, when he was 21 years old, he was living at 66 Sutton Street, Nottingham, with his wife Annie (25) a tobacco stripper. He was working as a labourer. His sisters Florence Ellen and Rachel have not yet been traced after the 1901 Census although there is a record of the marriage of a Florence Ellen Jarvis in 1905 (J/F/M Nottingham, Walter Holmes or George Edward Wright).
Bernard Jarvis was employed as a cement worker.
30 Jun 1917
1574304 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Service number prev. 3661 Bernard Jarvis volunteered for service and rose to the rank of sergeant before being drafted to France on 18 August 1915. On 30 June 1917 the battalion returned to the front line near Lievens. A series of attacks were carried out which gained some ground but which cost casualties, including Sgt. Jarvis, who was killed in action. His body was not recovered and it was not until March the following year that his death was confirmed. His name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 30 March 1918: ‘Jarvis. Missing since June 30th, 1917, now reported killed. Sergt. Bernard Jarvis, Sherwood Foresters, dearly beloved husband of Emily Jarvis. They miss him most who loved him best. From his sorrowing wife, and mother in Canada.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow, Emily Elizabeth, was his sole legatee.
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