Born: 1874, Ipswich.

Died: 18th March 1915; age: 40; died of Meningitis at St. Omer Hospital, France.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 7th March 1915 – France.


Rank: Regimental Sergeant Major; Service Number: 94935:

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 11th Siege Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

  1. A. 65.

Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,





1881   1, Coringa Villa, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John William Jolly, 47, a Fisherman and Manager of Ipswich Oyster Fishery; born Brightlingsea, Essex.

Amelia Rose Jolly (nee Ling), 38; born North Cove, Suffolk.

Harry John Jolly, 16, a Clerk at a Shoe Factory, born Brightlingsea.

Edith May Jolly, 15, born Brightlingsea.

Arthur Edwin Jolly, 13, born Brightlingsea.

Robert William Jolly, 11, born Brightlingsea.

Charles Burrows Jolly, 4, born Ipswich.

Alice May Jolly, 1, born Ipswich.

1 servant.


1891   4, Soane Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 16 years old, a Stationery Apprentice. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 57, an Oyster Merchant.

Amelia, 49.

Arthur, 23, a Sailor.

Charles, 14.

Alice, 11.

James Ling Jolly, 9, born Ipswich.

1 servant + 1 boarder.


Edward’s mother, Amelia Rose Jolly died December 1909, at Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich. His father, John William Jolly died September 1913, at Hillside, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

John William Jolly was a gentleman who for many years was associated with the Ipswich Oyster Fishery. He came from an old Brightlingsea family and from a young age took an interest in oyster fisheries. At the age of fourteen John was apprenticed to his father, John Jolly who was the proprietor of oyster grounds at Brightlingsea. Edward’s father moved to Ipswich in the 1870s to take over the management and control of the Oyster Fishery in the Orwell. He was the lessee until 1900. John Jolly became involved with the sport of any kind on the river Orwell, including assisting in the conduct of the Ipswich Regatta, and as an official timekeeper to the Orwell Corinthian Yacht Club.


Edward’s 27 year old brother, Charles Burrows Jolly, an Insurance Superintendent, of 4, Soane Street, Ipswich, died 12th March 1904 of R.C. Sarcoma – shoulder – 2 years, and Lung and Liver Exhaustion. Charlie had not been well since his return from the South African Boer War. Sister, Edith Mary Howe (wife of Albert Edward Howe), of Grove Farm, Bealings was present at the death.


Edward became a member of Freemasons at the Broad Arrow Lodge, Lodge Number 1890, at St. George’s Bermuda. He was 27 years old, and ranked a Sergeant for the R.G.A. Initiation – 3rd April 1902, Passing, 1st May 1902, Raising 29th May 1902, Certificate 10th July 1902 – he resigned 31st December 1904.


On the 28th September 1908, at St. Nicholas Church, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Edward married Martha Mason Garrow, born March 1881, Larne, County Antrim – daughter of John Garrow, a farmer and Sarah Ann Garrow (nee Burns), of Ballynahone, Fahan, County Donegal.

Martha and Edward had two children.

Vera Muriel Jolly, born 1910, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

John William Jolly, born 1912, Weymouth, Dorset.


In 1916, 34 year old, Martha, with her 2 children, 6 year old, Vera and 4 year old, John, sailed from the Port of Liverpool, 3rd Class on the S.S.’Missanabie’ of the Canadian Pacific Railway Atlantic Steamship Line, to Quebec, Canada.

In 1917, Calgary, Alberta, Martha married Joseph Stephen Leblanc, a Farmer. They made their family home at Battle River, Alberta.


Probate to Matha Mason Jolly – widow.


Soldiers’ Effects to Martha Jolly – widow.


Edward is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


Royal Garrison Artillery, 11th Siege Battery:


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  • Thank you so much for this information … many of Edward’s Australian cousins also fought, and some died, fighting on the Western front in WW1. Lest We Forget.


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