Rank or Title
Date of Death
20 Aug 1915
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Cpl William Jarvis, 3899, 1/5th Bedfords, died at sea on August 20th on board a hospital ship from a serious wound sustained at Gallipoli. He had written to his wife at 27 Tavistock Street, Luton, to tell her not to worry and that he was on his way to England. He was buried at Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta.
Two other wounded men on the ship, Pte William King, of 6 Tavistock Street and Pte Charles Turner, of 27 Baker Street, both wrote to Mrs Jarvis to tell her that Cpl Jarvis had died on the hospital boat Somali coming from the Dardanelles. He had been shot in the stomach while in action.
In his letter to his wife while on the ship he wrote: "Just a few lines to let you know that I shall be home in England next week. The reason I am getting home is that I have got a rather serious wound. I'll let you know when I get there, and the address of the hospital. Don't worry yourself or let mother worry, as I think with the help of God I shall pull through."
Cpl Jarvis had worked for Luton Corporation before enlisting. After her sad news Mrs Jarvis, who had married William in 1906, returned to her parental home at 9 Surrey Street.