Born: 1874, Ipswich.

Died: 18th March 1915; Age; 40; died of Meningitis – 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 1909, Ipswich. His father, John William Jolly died 1913, Ipswich.


Edward became a member of Freemason’s 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.


In 1908, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Edward married Martha Mason Garrow, born 1882, Larne, County Antrim.

They had 2 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 & 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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