Frank Edward Jarvey

Information about birth

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Place of birth:
Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
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Enlistment place:
Stratford, Essex, England, United Kingdom
 —  The Rifle Brigade, 16th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

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Place of death:
Kitchener's Wood, Langemark, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


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#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Frank Edward Jarvey was a 35-year old town carman when he was conscripted and enlised at 1 May 1916 at Stratford. The father of four born in Greenock and living in Plaistow, Essex served as a rifleman with the 16th Bn. The Rifle Brigade (117th Brigade, 39th Division).and took part in the opening battle of the Battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917.

In February 1917 he was wounded in action in the same area. On 14 February he was part of a raiding party. While his battalion manned the frontline in the Railway Wood Sector a raid took place (I.5.b.5.4.) with 4 officers, 159 other ranks and 7 royal engineers for demolition work. One officer and 8 other ranks got killed, 3 officers and 42 other ranks wounded and 7 missing. Rifleman Jarvey suffered from a gunshot wound to his right leg. He rejoined his battalion by the end of March.

On 30 July 1917 the 16th Bn. Rifle Brigade moved from Canal Bank to take up their assembly positions, between Gilson Street and Diggles Street, in and about Bilge Trench (Wieltje). The next morning at 3.50 a.m. zero hour they attacked, the 17th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps leading the attack, with the 117th Bn. Sherwood Foresters on the right and 1/6th Gordon Highlanders on the left.

The 16th Bn. Rifle Brigade could take and consolidate their assigned positions. While taking the Dotted Blue Line and Black Line (Cannon and Canoe Trench) they suffered resistance from several machine gun positions; at Racecourse Farm, Bochcastel Estaminet and Kitchener’s Wood. One concrete strong point at C.10.d.4.4. was so well camouflaged and not shown on any map, but was eventually dealt with. Kitchener’s Wood was cleared and the leading companies advanced to and dug in the Black Dotted Line. The rear waves passed through and attacked the Steenbeek. 3 German strongpoints at Regina Cross offered serious resistance. The objective was eventually reached and a line was consolidated about 30 yards beyond the Steenbeek. The 4/5th Black Watch passed trough for the attack on the Green Line but had to withdrawal to the consolidated line of the 16th Rifle Brigade. The battalions prepared for a German counter attack but artillery barrages could prevent it from happening.

Rifleman Frank Edward Jarvey was one of the casualties during this attack. Missing in action on 31 July and ‘killed in action’ on 1 August 1917. His body was never recovered after the war and to this day he is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

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"Passchendaele, The Day-by-Day Account",McCarthy C., 2018, Unicorn Publishing Press, London, pp. 28-29
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The Long Long Trail
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War Diary 16th Bn. The Rifle Brigade, WO-95-2586
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