SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
35888 Private DAVID E JARVIS.
2/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Killed in action, aged 31, on the 29th of September 1918.
Born at North Skelton. Enlisted at Saltburn by Sea, N Yorks.
Son of Thomas and Mary Jarvis of 27 Richard St, N Skelton, N Yorkshire.
Husband of Mrs A Jarvis, of 6 Foster St, Brotton, N Yorks.
Grand Ravine British Cemetery.
Havrincourt, 10k SW of Cambrai. Pas de Calais.
1901, David, aged 14, was living at 27 Richard St, N Skelton and had been born in North Skelton.
His father, Thomas, age 47, worked in the Ironstone mine as a Deputy, and had been born in Killington Norfolk.
His mother, Mary E, had been born in Osmotherley, N yorks. She had had 7 children by 1911 and 6 were still living.
He had two sisters, Lilly, 17 and Elizabeth 9, and a younger brother Thomas 2.
1911. David, now 24, and still Single was working as a "Hawker" and birth place given as New Skelton. Younger brother age 12 listed as William.
Elizabeth is still at home, but Lilly has left.
By the time the War started David had married, as next of kin, Mrs A Jarvis of Foster St, Brotton.
David's attestation form below shows that he enlisted, aged 29 years 3 months, at Saltburn on the 22nd January 1916. Occupation given as General Dealer. Address 25 Richard St, North Skelton is deleted and 2 Child St inserted. Probably moved to Brotton, N Yorks.
The 2/4th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment had been formed in Halifax in September 1914 and in March 1915 it was attached to the 186th Brigade, the 62nd Division.
David's Medal Card shows that he was not awarded the 1914/15 Star. It is not known when he joined his Battalion in France and any action that he may have been involved in prior to this death.
By September 1918 the Germans were in retreat. On the 12th the 62nd Division were fighting in the Cambrai area and captured for the second time, (the first had been in November 1917) the strongly fortified village of Havrincourt.
The Battle of Havrincourt was part of the first phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line.
Two weeks later, on the 27th and 28th September it captured Marcoing and Masnieres, important crossings of the Saint-Quentin Canal.
Further advances were made on 29th September and up to 1st October 1918.
David Jarvis lost his life at some point in this later action.
Grand Ravine Cemetery, 10 kilometres South West of Cambrai, is a small cemetery containing 139 graves of men who were killed in the capture and defence of the village of Havrincourt.