Private William Frederick Jarman

Thank you to Bernice Forsyth and Mary Day from Capel Local History Group for allowing Dorking Museum to publish their research, and thank you to Lenka Cathersides for additional research.

William Frederick Charles Jarman was born about 1881 in Herstmonceux, Sussex to wheelwright William Frederick Jarman and Dorcas Jarman nee Barton. He was baptised on the 12th June 1881 in Herstmonceux, Sussex.

William Jarman 1891 Census ©

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived in Gardner Street, Herstmonceux. William snr was working as a wheelwright and Dorcas was looking after their children: Mary, William Frederick, Albert, George and Arthur.

William Jarman 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 1 Rose Villas, Gardner Street.. The household further comprised of their children: van drivers William and Albert, baker George and schoolchildren Albert and Jane. William snr’s mother, the widowed, Naomi Clark formerly Jarman also lived in the house.

William Jarman 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, William Jarman jnr was a boarder of general labourer Isaac Henton at Capel Street, Capel. At this time William was working as a grocer’s porter.

William Jarman Daisy Gent Marriage Certificate ©

William married Daisy Mable Gent, by Banns, on the 19th of April 1914 at St Nicholas’ church in Sutton, Surrey. At the time of their wedding William was working as a carter and the couple lived at 22 Haddon Road in Sutton.

Daisy was born in the 4th quarter of 1887 in Sussex to upholsterer James Henry Gent and Fanny Gent nee Beech. At the time of the 1911 Census, Daisy Mabel Gent was a parlourmaid of Harriett Mable Christopherson at Ferndale, Holmwood, Surrey. The house had nine rooms. The household further comprised of Mrs Christopherson’s adopted daughter Vera Emily Flint, and a cook.

William Jarman enlisted in 1917 in Guildford into the Royal Army Service Corps. He was a Private with regimental number M/348577. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Crawley, Sussex.

From the 13th of July 1917 to the 14th of February 1918 William Frederick Charles served in the home service.

The 1918 Surrey, England, Electoral Register reads that William Frederick and his wife Daisy at 2 Woodfield Cottages in Capel, Surrey.

As a part of the British Expeditionary Force he disembarked on the 15th of February 1918 in France.

According to the UK, Army, Register of Soldier’s Effects he was part of the 272 Mechanical Transport Company, the Army Service Corps attached to the 1st ANZAC Corps Heavy Artillery.

William Jarman died of wounds on the 20th of May 1918 at No 47 Casualty Clearing Station, Crouy, France.

William Jarman Crouy British Cemetery ©

He is buried at the Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, France. His grave reference number is: II.C.5.

William Jarman British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll ©

He received the British War and Victory medals.

William Jarman Soldiers Effects ©

Daisy received £4, 19s and 3d on the 21st of September 1918 and a further £3 and 10s on the 1st of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Jarman Family History

William’s father William Frederick Jarman was born about 1837 in Herstmonceux, Sussex to Naomi Jarman, born about 1820 in Wartling, Sussex. He was baptised on the 5th of February 1837 in Herstmonceoux.

His mother Dorcas Barton was born about 1851 in Warbleton, Sussex to agricultural labourer James Barton, born about 1825 in Warbledon, Sussex and Orpha Barton, born about 1827 in Herstmonceux, Sussex.

William snr married Dorcas in the 2nd quarter of 1872 in the Registration District of Hastings, Sussex.

William had seven known siblings: Naomi O. born about 1873 and Ansley E. born about 1874, both born in Pevensey, Sussex; Mary born about 1879 in Westham, Sussex; Albert James born about 1885; George Henry born about 1887; Arthur born about 1889 and Jane born about 1892, all born in Herstmonceux, Sussex.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived in Gardner Street, Herstmonceux. William snr was working as a wheelwright and Dorcas was looking after their daughters: Naomi, Ansley and Mary.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were still living at Gardner Street. William was still working as a wheelwright and Dorcas was at home. The household further comprised of a boarder. Dorcas stated that she had given birth to ten children of whom eight were still alive. The accommodation had four rooms.

Born                            Hurstmonceaux, West Sussex
Lived                           Crawley, West Sussex

Son of                          William and Dorcas (nee Barton) Jarman

Enlisted                       Guildford, Surrey

Regiment                     504th Mechanical Transport Company, Army Service Corps
Number                       M/348577

Date of Death              20th May 1918
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death            Died of Wounds

Age                              36

Cemetery                      Crouy Cemetery, France

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