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Roy William JARVIS

Regimental number984
Place of birthMelton Mowbray Tasmania
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressLaunceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Thomas David Jarvis, New Norfolk, Tasmania
Enlistment date2 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1114
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Infantry Base Depot
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At HAMEL WOOD on 17th July, 1918, Private JARVIS was assisting the R.S.M. in superintending delivery of rations. Before the ration limbers reached the ration dump, the enemy put down an intense artillery shoot on the area, thereby causing numerous casualties to the ration party. Private JARVIS who, with the R.S.M. had halted the limbers further up the road immediately volunteered to go to the ration dump and collect the ration parties and guide them to the limbers. This he did, passing through intense artillery fire and collecting all men who were not casualties brought them back to the ration limbers. Afterwards he guided a stretcher party to the spot and carried in several wounded men. Throughout he showed great courage and total disregard for personal danger. His skill and coolness in collecting the ration party under fire undoubtedly saved numerous casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1612 Pte Henry Thomas JARVIS, 52nd Bn, killed in action, 4 September 1916; 4524 Pte Alfred Edward JARVIS, 52nd Bn, returned to Australia, 27 August 1917; 161 Pte Richard George JARVIS, 12th Bn, killed in action, 2 May 1915; 79 Pte Tasman JARVIS, 12th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915; Cousin: 79 Pte Tasman JARVIS, 12th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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