Mr Denzil John Jarvis

Denzil Jarvis

Mr Denzil John Jarvis was born in Carleon, Gwent, Wales on 17 June 1864.

He was the son of a Welsh father, Matthew George Jarvis (b. 1834 in Breconshire; d. 1921 in Leicester), a joiner, and an English mother, Elizabeth Powis (b. 1836 in Herefordshire; d. 1929 in Leicester) who had married in Herefordshire in 1859. The couple would have a total of thirteen children, losing five in infancy. Denzil's known siblings were: George Oscar Prosser (b. 1860), Matthew (b. 1866), Olivia May (b. 1868), Sidney Harrold (b. 1869), Francis Percival (b. 1872), Leslie Powis (b. 1875), Basil Vivian (b. 1877), Rodney Talbot (b. 1881) and William Victor (b. 1882).

The Jarvis family initially settled in Herefordshire and moved to Leicester before in the late 1860s. The 1871 census shows the family living ay 143 Cobden Street, Leicester and they would be at the same address ten years later. Like his father before him, and several of his sibling alike, Denzil pursued a career as a builder and joiner.

Denzil was married in 1889 to Margaret Burrows (b. 19 September 1869 in Leicester) and the recently wed couple appeared on the 1891 census living at 8 Brunswick Street, Leicester. They later had three children, but only two survived infancy, both sons: Denzil (b. 1893) and Wellesley (b. 1895) and by 1911 the family were living at The Crest, London Road, Leicester. Denzil at that time was described as a manufacturer of woodworking machinery. He was the managing partner of the firm Messrs Wadkin and Company.

He joined the Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 and was travelling as a second class passenger (ticket number 237565 which cost £15) bound for the USA on a business trip.

Denzil John Jarvis was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on a memorial in St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Leicester:

Erected to the memory of
Denzil J. Jarvis, who was lost in the wreck of the "Titanic"

15 April 1912, aged 47.

His estate, worth £7704, 16s, 8d, was administered to his widow Margaret on 30 May 1913. Further loss occurred when their youngest son Wellesley joined the Prince of Wales' Own West Yorkshire Regiment, 17th Battalion and he was killed in action in France on 31 October 1917 aged 22.

Margaret Jarvis was remarried in 1919 to James Wedgwood Heath (1856-1935), a boot and shoe manufacturer, who was a recent widower with several adult children. Husband and wife lived at Bronavon, Springield Road in Leicester and later became Mayor and Mayoress of Leicester in 1921. She died on 1 May 1934.

Denzil's eldest son Denzil later emigrated to Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) in 1926 where he married and raised a family. He is believed to have died in the 1970s.

His former home, The Crest, is now in operation as a hotel, The Regency Hotel and Restaurant.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)

Gavin Bell, UK
Hermann Söldner, Germany


Denzil John Jarvis


The Crest, Stoneygate



Articles and Stories

Reminder of a sea disaster

Leicester Mercury  (1982) 


Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund (54)



Denzil John Jarvis General Information


Memorial to Denzil John Jarvis


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