Arthur Reeve Jarvis (Ch) 16573 Petty Officer 1st Class.





Arthur was born on 10th February 1876 to Maria Reeve, the second of four children. His mother had registered the three boys and one girl with their father’s surname but it seems the couple were unmarried. By the 1881 census, Arthur was 6 years old, living in a street called California in the Wickham Market ward of Woodbridge. With him lived his mother, Grandmother, three brothers, baby sister and step father, William Keeble. It is not known what happened to Arthur’s birth father.






3 California - Arthur's childhood home



10 years followed on to the 1891 census - the family still lived at California, the size of the Keeble/Jarvis family had increased by 4 more children and Arthur worked as an Agricultural Labourer.








He joined the Navy on 25th September 1893 as a Boy 2nd Class. His statistics were noted as being 5’6” tall, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He had several tattoos - a woman, true love, heart & bracelet on his left arm; a rose on the back of his left hand; a tree, snake and bracelet on his right arm and a ring on his 2nd right finger.

His service history follows: -


IMPREGNABLE - 25/09/1893 - 02/10/1893

LION - 03/10/1893 - 13/11/1894, rising to Boy 1st Class on 16/08/1894

BOSCAWEN - 14/11/1894 - 26/02/1895

PEMBROKE I - 27/02/1895 - 02/05/1895

MERSEY - 03/05/1895 - 28/08/1895

PEMBROKE I - 29/08/1895 - 30/09/1895

RODNEY - 01/10/1895 - 31/03/1896, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 10th February 1896

CRUISER - 01/04/1896 - 31/08/1896

RODNEY - 01/09/1896 - 21/09/1897, rising to Able Seaman on 07/04/1897

PEMBROKE I - 22/09/1897 - 04/01/1898

WILDFIRE - 05/01/1898 - 09/05/1898

ISIS - 10/05/1898 - 27/09/1898

PEMBROKE I - 28/09/1898 - 30/10/1898

DIADEM - 31/10/1898 - 07/01/1899

PEMBROKE I - 08/01/1899 - 19/05/1899

PEMBROKE III - 20/05/1899 - 11/10/1899

PEMBROKE I - 12/10/1899 - 27/10/1899

DORIS - 28/10/1899 - 18/11/1899

DWARF - 19/11/1899 - 27/05/1902, aboard during the 1901 census

PEMBROKE I - 28/05/1902 - 19/01/1902

WILDFIRE - 20/01/1902 - 03/01/1905

PIONEER - 04/01/1905 - 12/08/1907, rising to Leading Seaman on 04/01/1905, Petty Officer on 20/03/1905 and Petty Officer 1st Class on 12/08/1905

CRESCENT - 23/08/1905 - 05/10/1905

WILDFIRE - 06/10/1905 - 30/08/1908

PEMBROKE I - 01/09/1908 - 12/02/1909

ROYAL ARTHUR - 13/02/1909 - 26/03/1909

SPHINX - 27/03/1909 - 05/04/1911, aboard during the 1911 England census. This special service ship was anchored at Bombay in the East Indies.

PEMBROKE I - 06/04/1911 - 04/01/1912, Arthur married Mildred Burley in the spring of 1911 after returning from the East Indies.

ANTRIM - 05/01/1912 - 09/07/1912

IMPLACABLE - 10/07/1912 - 13/08/1912

PEMBROKE I - 14/08/1912 - 29/10/1912

DUNCAN - 30/10/1912 - 25/11/1912

PEMBROKE - 26/11/1912 - 29/11/1912

LONDON - 30/11/1912 - 09/05/1913

PEMBROKE I - 10/05/1913 - 17/11/1913

VANGUARD - 18/11/1913 - 27/07/1914

PEMBROKE I - 28/07/1914 - 01/08/1914

HANNIBAL - 02/08/1914 - 29/08/1914

BLANCHE - 30/08/1914 - 12/11/1916, serving aboard during the Battle of Jutland.

VANGUARD - 13/11/16 - 09/07/1917


Mildred was awarded Arthur’s pension after his death to help raise their 4 year old son David who was born in 1913. He was awarded the Star, Victory and British medals.



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Sources:

1881, 1891, 1911 England Census Ancestry.com

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 FreeBMD

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; ADM 188/ 291

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD

CWGC Register

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 The National Archives of the UK; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.ADM 242; 008; (1914 - 1919)

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 ADM 171; Piece: 106

Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 106/0494/JAR-JAY

Lowestoft Journal 1917

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