Second Lieutenant John Jarvie

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Reference WMO/273650


Glenzier School

1/2 mile west of Evertown

DG14 0TN


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Plain Marble Tablet. He is also named on the Bank School Memorial (WMO/259500) at New Cumnock. Note the memorial is now held privately by family descendants after the closure of the school in 2008. As their address is unknown the original location has been used in this report. Originally unveiled September 1917. Unfortunately the 2009 Eskdale and Liddlesdale Advertiser report which was available in 2015 was not so by the time this report was raised in August 2020, but this is the text of it- START Published at 21:48, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 A PLAQUE put up in Glenzier primary school in memory of a former headmaster killed in World War One has been returned to his family. Ken Halliday presents the John Jarvie memorial tablet to his daughter-in-law Margaret Jarvie and granddaughter Margaret Hearne John Jarvie was appointed headmaster at Glenzier in September 1913 and lived in the schoolhouse where his son, Archibald, was born in 1914. In January 1915 Mr Jarvie, like so many of his contemporaries, responded to the appeal to join up and enlisted in the KOSB, progressing through the ranks to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Tragically, Lt Jarvie died on April 17, 1917 from wounds received during the Arras offensive. The school board gave permission for a memorial tablet to be placed in the school hall in Lt Jarvie’s memory and this was unveiled in September 1917 by J H Milne Home, chairman of the school board. The tablet remained in place until the final closure of Glenzier school at the end of the last summer term. During the 1990s Ken Halliday, then headteacher of the school, was in contact with Lt Jarvie’s son, Archie, who was letters editor of the Glasgow Herald until his eventual retiral at the age of 83. Ken promised to keep the family informed of the condition and whereabouts of the tablet in the event of any change in the circumstances of the school. Archie Jarvie sadly died in 2007 but Ken contacted his widow, Margaret, informing her that there would be no objection to the family being given the tablet. She was delighted to accept and last Friday she visited Glenzier, together with her daughter, Margaret, to be presented with the tablet.
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