Denzil John Jarvis


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Andrew Jarvis

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I am new to this site and hope someone out there may have some information regarding my Great Grandfather, Denzil John Jarvis. He was a second class passenger on the Titanic and as far as I know did not survive. I have done quite a lot of research and have discovered a 7 foot memorial to him in Leicester, England which is fascinating and apparently is visited by school kids quite frequently. I do have a picture which I can upload if requested. I have also found the house where he lived which is now a hotel. What I don't have are any photographs of him. Can anyone help? I do have a few further bits of info if anyone is interested. Cheers, Andy Jarvis
 

mary mason

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Andrew,
i would love see any information about him that your willing to share, i love learning more about the people who sailed on Titanic
 
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Andrew, what little can be found on ET can be linked to HERE. Be sure to follow the related links as well. Unfortunately, you're right about the fact that he didn't survive. I suspect you actually know a lot more then what's avialable here. You may want to consider putting something together to contribute to this site.
 
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Andrew Jarvis

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Thought you might be interested in this picture of his memorial in Leicester. It is also a memorial to his widow (my great grandmother) Margaret and to their son Wellesley (my great uncle) who was killed at Passchendale in the First World War. Apparently it is visited quite often by school children doing school projects and also by people interested in the Titanic. (Apologies if the picture is not attached...nothing happened when I hit the button on the link :0( If anyone knows why then please let me know!
 

Tony Sheils

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Andy

Please have another go at uploading the memorial picture. I can't advise how best to do it because I've never yet attempted it myself.

There is a fair amount (nearly 2 pp, but no photographs) of additional information on your great grandfather and his family in a CD "Titanic People" compiled by Craig Stringer. It is available from its publishers Family History Indexes (www.fhindexes.co.uk). I forget the cost, but less than £20 or $30 I think. In my opinion it is a good buy for anyone interested in the passengers or crew of Titanic.

Happy hunting

Tony
 
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Andrew - Here is my Printout of Mr. Jarvis - I hope it helps?

Cheers Brian

Jarvis, Mr. John Denzil. Missing. Lived at The Crest, Stoneygate, Leicester. UK. Occupation - Engineer. Aged 47 years. Managing partner of Wadkins Engineering Company. Parents Matthew and Elizabeth Jarvis.

(From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913)
Number P. 60. Jarvis, Matthew, father and Elizabeth, mother 7s 0d. pension weekly.

Has a fine monument in the churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene, Knighton, Leicestershire.
The inscription reads:
Erected to the Beloved Memory of Denzil J. Jarvis who was lost in the wreck of the Titanic 15th April 1912 aged 47 Also of Margaret Heath the devoted wife of James Wedgwood Heath who fell asleep May 1st 1934 and is interred in this place. (Margaret Heath was his sister).

(From The Leicester Mercury, Tuesday, April 6, 1982).
Reminder of a sea disaster
There's a large black stone cross in the churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene, Knighton, that serves as a permanent reminder of a sea tragedy that shook the world 70 years ago.
The inscription says: Erected to the beloved memory of Denzil J. Jarvis, who was lost in the wreck of the Titanic, 15th April, 1912. Aged 47.
Mr. Jarvis, a managing partner in Wadkins Engineering Company, was on a business trip on the ''unsinkable liner'' and was one of four Leicester victims of the calamity.
Mr. Jarvis was on his way to the United States with some special pattern-making equipment.
Jarvis was born in Breconshire Caerleon, Wales and previous to his Titanic trip he had made at least two other sea voyages, both times on the Lucania, once in 1907 and again the following year. He was 5' 4 1/2" tall, with dark brown hair and brown eyes and, by 1901, at age of 36, was married with a family. His wife's name was Margaret (she was also born in Leicester) and they had two sons - Denzil, aged 8 and Wellesley, aged 6. They resided at 42 Humberstone Road. Here (on the 1901 Census) his business was given as "Journey and Shop Fellond and Shop Front Building" I have no idea what that means. Also, a minor point: his full name, when listed is Denzil John Jarvis, not John Denzil Jarvis.
 
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Andrew Jarvis

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Michael,unfortunately I do not know a great deal
more re my Great Grandfather than has been published,I had researched and put together a family tree but as a family we have very little
other info a large amount of what we now know has since come from this site for which we are grateful.One thing though we have been stunned by
the interest generated by the Titannic.But i'll
compare what info we have and then let you have anything other that is not included on this site
cheers
Andy
 
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Andrew,

Here is what I haveon your great grandfather. I have an interest in him being as I am from Leicestershire, but also because his family lived close to my grandmother's family, when she was growing up.

Mr Denzeil John Jarvis was born in Llangattock Juxta Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales, in July 1864, and was christened there on July 5th. Aged 47 in April 1912, he was the son of Matthew George Jarvis, and his wife, Elizabeth, nee Powis. Denzeil’s father had been born in Hay-on-Wye in 1841, and his mother came from Wigmore, near Hereford. The couple had married in Leominster in 1859. Denzeil was brother to William, Matthew Elard, Olivia Mary, born in Leicester in 1868, Sidney Harold, Francis Percival, born in 1872, Leslie Powis, born in 1875, Basil Vivian, born in 1877, Rodney Talbot Jarvis and Victor.
After Denzeil’s birth Matthew Jarvis moved his family, first to Birmingham, and then, in around 1868, to Leicester. By 1881 the family were living at 143, Cobden Street, and Matthew was a joiner.
Matthew Jarvis established the firm of Matthew Jarvis and Sons, joiners, builders and staircase builders, to which Denzeil first worked.
On February 7th 1889 Denzeil married Margaret Burrows, a 19 year old spinster, at St. Saviours Church, Leicester. Margaret was the daughter of Benjamin Burrows, and his wife, Mary Ann. Margaret’s nephew would later become the composer, Benjamin Burrows. The Jarvis’ settled to married life at 12, Wimbledon Street, where on March 13th 1890 a daughter was born to the couple, Margaret Annie. Sadly Margaret died within a short time of her birth.
Following their daughter’s death Denzeil and Margaret moved again, to 8, Brunswick Street, where they were living when the census was taken in 1891. By this time Denzeil had established his own joinery business at Crafton Street. By 1902 he was trading as Denzeil John Jarvis and Co, shop fitters and shop front builders, at Mansfield Street, and was living at Spa Place, 40 Humberstone Road, where he and Margaret had lived since 1898. By that time, Denzeil and Margaret had two sons, Denzeil John and Wellesley, born in 1895.
By 1902 Denzeil had also moved into other areas of work, for he was listed in the directories for the city as an engineer, of Wadkin and Co. Wadkin and Co had been formed in 1897 by Joseph Wadkin, in order to make milling machines, but it soon branched out into making a range of machinery for industry. Joseph Wadkin invited his brother-in-law, William Jarvis, Denzeil’s brother, to become part of the firm, and this in turn brought in Denzeil, who by 1912, was a managing partner.
By 1912 Denzeil was a successful businessman in Leicester, and he and his wife were living at ‘The Crest’, Stoneygate. Denzeil wanted to expand his business, recognising the growth of the motor trade. In April he embarked on a six week business trip to America, where he would present a unique design of a motor car carburettor to Henry Ford. Denzeil bought a second class ticket for the Titanic to cross the Atlantic, number 237565, costing £13, and sailed on the ship from Southampton on April 10th.
Little is known about Denzeil’s voyage on the Titanic. However, he was glimpsed twice on the day of the accident by Dulwich schoolmaster, Lawrence Beesley. On Sunday April 14th Lawrence spent the afternoon seated in the second class lounge, where he spent part of the time filling in his baggage declaration slip. Close by Denzeil struggled to complete his own slip, and asked the advice of Steward Kellend as to how he should declare the patent on his carburettor.
After the collision with the iceberg, Lawrence came across Mr Jarvis again, who had been in the second class smoking room at the time of the collision. Lawrence asked how high the iceberg had been, and Mr Jarvis replied. “Well, I am accustomed to estimating distance and I put it at between eighty and ninety feet.”
Denzeil John Jarvis died when the Titanic sank. His body was not among those recovered by ships searching for victims after.
Denzeil left a will leaving his entire estate to his wife, Margaret. The British Titanic Relief Fund awarded his parents, Matthew and Elizabeth, a weekly allowance of 7 shillings, as they had been dependent on the income of their son.
A memorial cross was later erected to the memory of Denzeil Jarvis, in the churchyard of St. Mary’s, Knighton, Leicester, not far from Denzeil’s home.

As a footnote I can add that Denzeil's former home is reputed to be haunted, not by Mr Jarvis, but by his widow, Margaret.

Hope this is of interest to you.
 

Aidan Bowe

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Fascinating! I live just round the corner from the church where the memorial is and always take time to pay my respects.I can now put into perspective the life of Mr Jarvis,no longer "just a name".As a matter of interest what is the precise address of "The Crest" in Stoneygate?
 
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Andrew Jarvis

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Aidan 'The Crest' Stoneygate is now the Regency
Hotel at 358/360 London Road Leicester or can be viewed at www.the-regency-hotel.com Denzil John
owned the property which was originally two
semidetached homes he lived at 360 whilst he rented out 358.There is an elderly Lady residing in Leicester who lived at 358 during the 20's,
The property has been a number of things over the years including a Nunnery and also a nursing
home.It has been sympathetically restored by the present owners but still boasts some of the original features including the original fireplace in the front room of 360.There is also
a large mirror hanging in the hall upstairs which
bears several marks that bear a remarkable
similarity to items of Furniture that we still have in our family.I can not confirm definitely
that it was made by Denzil as I have not been able to fully examine it off the wall,but it bears a style and marks that I have seen my father use many a time over the years.
There should also be a picture of the house on the site I tried to upload one a few days ago.
regards
Andy Jarvis
 

Aidan Bowe

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Andrew
Many thanks! The times I have been to the Regency and never knew it's Titanic history!! Do the present owners realise the significance of it's previous owner?? I know they do "Murder Mystery" evenings there based on historical events,maybe one based on a Titanic theme?? (if not in dubious taste)The inside of the Hotel is truly something,you really do get a feeling of another time in there...It's as if the 21stC had been left behind.I will make a special effort to have another look round soon.Didn't realise what a connection Leicester had with the Titanic.Certainly makes it more local realising your great grandfathers connection.As a matter of interest what became of your great grandmother after the sad loss? Did she continue to reside in Leicester?
Many thanks

Aidan,South Knighton
 
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Andrew Jarvis

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Phil thanks for putting that picture up,It's either me being thick or my computer playing up but I just cannot seem to get pictures uploaded at the mo.
Aidan; we have been to the Regency Hotel and had a long discussion with the manager a lovely lady called Hazel the staff are fully aware of the history of the property and should we find some photos of Denzil then they have asked for a copy to hang in the Hotel.
 

Aidan Bowe

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Andrew
Look forward to seeing them if you come across them at some point.Nipping to the churchyard tomorrow to take a photo of the memorial and post it on here if that's ok with you.Regards Aidan
 
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Kevin O'Regan

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Gentlemen
I have just registered with this site and although my query does not directly relate to the titanic I hope you will help me. I have recently purchased quite an antique of a table saw manufactured my Wadkin and Co. Engineering. Like you I have a keen interest in history and am currently researching all I can about the Wadkin Engineering Company.
And so I reach where I would appreciate your assistance. I read in the above discussion that a Mr. Jarvis was partner in this company. I also read that a local newspaper published an article relating to the company. I cannot find this article and would be greatly appreciative if you could email me the link or even a copy of this article. Also any other information about the Wadkin and Co. Engineering Company would be greatly received.
With thanks
Kevin O'Regan
 
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Kevin,
The article you asked about appeared in The Leicester Mercury on November 11th 1997 - in the business news section.
Regards
Craig
 

Nigel

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Aidan 'The Crest' Stoneygate is now the Regency
Hotel at 358/360 London Road Leicester or can be viewed at www.the-regency-hotel.com Denzil John
owned the property which was originally two
semidetached homes he lived at 360 whilst he rented out 358.There is an elderly Lady residing in Leicester who lived at 358 during the 20's,
The property has been a number of things over the years including a Nunnery and also a nursing
home.It has been sympathetically restored by the present owners but still boasts some of the original features including the original fireplace in the front room of 360.There is also
a large mirror hanging in the hall upstairs which
bears several marks that bear a remarkable
similarity to items of Furniture that we still have in our family.I can not confirm definitely
that it was made by Denzil as I have not been able to fully examine it off the wall,but it bears a style and marks that I have seen my father use many a time over the years.
There should also be a picture of the house on the site I tried to upload one a few days ago.
regards
Andy Jarvis

Andy

Did you know that in addition to travelling to America to market and defend his carburettor patent Denzil Jarvis had also been appointed by another local Leicestershire engineer Percival A Bentley to act as his representative in the marketing of a new electric clock. The clocks were manufactured by Mr Bentley’s Leicestershire company: The Earth Driven Clock Company, and had already received favourable reviews in the American press. Mr Jarvis was enroute with 2 cases of these “grandfather clocks”, either for general sale or delivery to pre-arranged customers. The Horological Journal of May 1912 noted that “Among the unfortunate victims of the Titanic disaster was Mr D J Jarvis, representative of the Earth Driven Clock Company. He was on his way to America on business on behalf of his firm, and has not since been heard of.”

There is a Bentley earth Driven Clock in Leicester Museum..or at least was in the 1970's
 

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