John Jarvie





Sep 20, 1897

Born at Falkirk Stirlingshire Scotland


Oct 13, 1915

Joined the 20th Regiment of the Halton Rifles


Nov 19, 1915

Signed Attestation Papers into the 76th Battalion 

Ø      Number 142533

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs James Jarvie (mother) of Milton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as “current member of militia” (20th Halton Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

Although these papers were signed by him on Nov 19, the Medical Certificate was signed on Nov 18 at Milton Ontario, and the Certificate of the Officer Commanding was signed on the Nov 26th, while the Magistrate’s Certificate wasn’t signed until Nov 29th at Barrie Ontario


Jan 19, 1916

Detained after being Absent Without Leave for 2 days


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax for England


Note that the ship did not sail until April 25.


May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


Jul 12, 1916

Left to join unit


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Sep 15, 1916

Initially reported missing after action, then reported Missing, Presumed Dead 


Because his body was never recovered, or if recovered but not identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Monument in France.


Aug 31, 1917

His pay record shows a debit on the date of his death of 89 cents.  The record states “transferred to Canada for collection”.  It appears that his family was going to be asked to repay the 89 cents.



British War Medal, Victory Medal, Death Plaque and Scroll were sent to his father and the Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, both of Milton West Ontario 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of John Jarvie being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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