Person NameJarvis; Charles Alfred (1881-1948); Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers
ForenamesCharles Alfred
EpithetLance Corporal, Royal Engineers
ActivityCharles Alfred Jarvis was born in Fraserburgh in 1881, and brought up in Carnoustie, the son of a coastguard. After the early deaths of his parents, he joined the army as a career soldier and had already reached the rank of Lance Corporal at the outbreak of the First World War. Charles Jarvis was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry at the Battle of Jamappes, 23 August 1914. He worked for ninety minutes successfully to demolish a bridge, under heavy fire and in full view of the enemy. He was one of the first in the First World War to win the VC. On his return to Carnoustie after the War he was given a hero’s welcome. He spent the latter part of his life in Cheltenham, but later lived in St Monan's, Fife, and died in Dundee in 1948. In 1966, a street in Carnoustie, Jarvis Place, was named after him.
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