ARTHUR REEVE JARVIS

Arthur is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

 

Born: 10th February 1876, Ipswich.

Died: 9th July 1917; age 41; Killed by internal explosion of vessel at Scapa Flow.

H.M.S. ‘Vanguard’ a St. Vincent class Dreadnought Battleship, part of the grand fleet saw action during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 seeing most of her service in the North Sea during WW1.
9th July 1917 H.M.S. ‘Vanguard’ was anchored in Scapa Flow north of Scotland and suffered a series of explosions in her magazines shortly before midnight, rapidly sinking with the loss of 843 men of the complement of 845 crew.

Occupation: Labourer.

Religion: Congregationalist.

Enlistment Location: Chatham, Kent; on the 10th February 1896 Arthur signed up for 12 years. Height at 16 years old 5ft 2 1/2ins, height at 18 years old 5ft 5ins, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes & dark hair. Tattoos: Woman, True Love, heart & bracelet – left arm. Rose on back of left hand. A tree, snake & bracelet – right arm. 5 dots on right hand and ring on right 2nd finger.

Service:

Impregnable – Boy 2nd Class – 25th September 1993 – 2nd October 1893

Lion – Boy 2nd Class – 3rd October 1893

Lion – Boy 1st Class – 16th August 1894 – 13th November 1894

Boscawen – Boy 1st Class – 14th November 1894 – 26th February 1895

Pembroke I – Boy 1st Class – 27th February 1895 – 2nd May 1895

Mersey – Boy 1st Class – 3rd May 1895 – 28th August 1895

Pembroke I – Boy 1st Class – 29th August 1895 – 30th September 1895

Rodney – Boy 1st Class – 1st October 1895.

Rodney – Ordinary Seaman – 10th February 1896 – 31st March 1896

Cruiser – Ordinary Seaman – 1st April 1896 – 31st August 1896

Rodney – Ordinary Seaman – 1st September 1896

Rodney – Able Seaman – 7th April 1897 – 21st September 1897

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 22nd September 1897 – 4th January 1898

Wildfire I – Able seaman – 5th January 1898 – 9th May 1898

Isis – Able Seaman – 10th May 1898 – 27th September 1898

Pembroke I – Able seaman – 28th September 1898 – 30th October 1898

Diadem – Able Seaman – 31st October 1898 – 7th January 1899

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 8th January 1899 – 9th April 1899

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 10th April 1899 – 19th May 1899

Pembroke III – Able Seaman – 20th May 1899 – 11th October 1899

Doris I – Able Seaman – 12th October 1899 – 18th November 1899

Dwarf – Able Seaman – 19th November 1899 – 27th May 1902

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 28th May 1902 – 19th January 1904

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 20th January 1904 – 3rd January 1905

Pioneer – Leading Seaman – 4th January 1905

Pioneer – Petty Officer 2nd Class – 20th March 1905

Pioneer – Petty Officer 1st Class – 5th September 1905 – 12th August 1907

Crescent – Petty Officer 1st Class – 13th August 1907 – 5th October 1907

Wildfire – Petty Officer 1st Class – 6th October 1907 – 30th June 1908

Pembroke I – Petty Officer 1st Class – 1st July 1908 – 12th February 1909

Royal Arthur – Petty Officer 1st Class – 13th February 1909 – 26th March 1909

Sphinx – Petty Officer 1st Class – 27th March 1909 – 5th April 1911

Pembroke I – Petty Officer 1st Class – 6th April 1911 – 4th January 1912

Antrim – Petty Officer 1st Class – 5th January 1912 – 9th July 1912.

Character – Very Good.

 

Rank: Petty Officer 1st Class; Service Number: 176573 (Ch).

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Vanguard.’

 

Memorial Reference:

21.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   Dalling Hoo Road, California, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

 

Arthur was 5 years old and living with his mother, brothers, widowed maternal grandmother, step father & step sister.

William Keeble, 31, an Agricultural Labourer, born Wickham Market.

Maria Keeble (nee Reeve (1st marriage Jarvis)), 30, born Rendlesham, Suffolk.

William James Jarvis, 6, born Ipswich.

Samuel John Jarvis, 3, born Ipswich.

Jane Keeble, 1, born Wickham Market.

Pamela Reeve (nee Simpson), 68, a Nurse, born Rendlesham.

 

1891   3, California, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

 

Arthur was 15 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his mother, brother, Maternal grandmother, step father & step siblings.

William, 39, an Agricultural Labourer.

Maria, 40.

Samuel, 13, Agricultural Labourer.

Jane, 11.

Alice Keeble, 9, born Wickham Market.

Harry Keeble, 6, born Wickham Market.

Laura Keeble, 4, born Wickham Market.

Emma Keeble, 1, born Wickham Market.

 

1911   H.M.S.’Sphinx’ Royal Indian Marine Dockyard, Bombay, East Indies.

 

Arthur was 33 years old, a Seaman for the Royal Navy. He was 1 of 127 on board the Special Service Vessel – Commander John Harvey.

 

Arthur’s father was Samuel Jarvis, born 1848 – died 1876, Ipswich.

 

In 1911, Suffolk, Arthur married Mildred Burley, born Theberton, Suffolk. They had 1 son:

David Roger Jack Jarvis, born 1913, born Oulton Broad, Suffolk.

H.M.S.’Vanguard.’

 

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