JARVIS Charles Cordley

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Charles Cordley Jarvis was born at Ketton, in early 1894, one of nine children of James Jarvis, a shepherd, and his wife Elizabeth. He was a platelayer on the railway, living in Clifton, New Road, Oakham, before joining up on 12 August 1914 just a week after the war began. In July the following year his battalion of Connaught Rangers set sail for Gallipoli where the British were hoping for a breakthrough after fighting had become deadlocked. They landed at Anzac Cove on 6 August, taking up postions in Shrapnel Gully and Bridges Road. They soon got used to the constant sniping and desperate shortage of water and on 21 August attacked Turkish positions at Kabak Kuyu near Hill 60. On 27 August the Connaughts were in action again at Kaiajik Aghala, alongside the New Zealanders. The war diary talks of the desperate fighting to secure captured Turkish positions. "The men advanced in spite of the galling cross fire and shrapnel, in splendid fashion, and made good their footing little by little. It was found, however, that the trench could not be used to the extent desired on account of the piles of dead and debris, which not only littered the trench but simply choked it up." At some point during the day, Charles was killed. He was 22. He has no known grave and so is remembered on panel 182 of the Helles Memorial. Back home in Rutland, his family was by now living in Pickworth and Charles is remembered on the war memorial there and also on the one in Clipsham. 

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  • Clipsham Church
  • Clipsham Memorial
  • Pickworth Church
  • Pickworth Memorial
  • Helles Memorial 2
  •  Helles Memorial1
  • C C Jarvis panel
  • C C Jarvis 1

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