William JARMAN

Year of Birth: 1890

Place of Birth:  Irvinebank, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  27 April 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  24 May 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Ascanius A11

Rank:  Driver/Sergeant

Unit(s): 57th Australian Infantry Battalion;  1 to 10 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  6749

Died:  4 July 1918


Private William Jarman – photo courtesy John Oxley Library, SLQ


William Jarman was born 18 July 1890 at Irvinebank Qld the eldest of 5 children of Edward and Jane Jarman (nee Lewis),  Maurice Edward (1893), Herbert (1895), James Lewis (1897-1899) and Frances (1900).

The three Jarman brothers enlisted, the youngest, Herbert was first in January 1915, followed by William in April that year, then by Maurice in August 1915.  Herbert and Maurice returned to Australia in August 1916 and March 1919 respectively.

William enlisted in Cairns on 27 April 1915, his age was 24 years 10 months, occupation a Bullock Driver and next of kin, his mother Mrs E Jarman, “Atherton” Kerrs Rad, Sydney.  His height was  5 feet 10 inches, weighed 154 pounds with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  He was Presbyterian.

He embarked from Brisbane on 24 May 1915 aboard HMAT Ascanius and saw service in Egypt before arriving at Marseilles France in June 1916.  He was admitted to hospital several times with bronchitis.  He was promoted from Driver to Corporal in May 1916 and to Sergeant in May 1918.

William Jarman was killed in action on 4 July 1918 in the Battle of Hamel. He is buried at Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, Franvillers, Picardie, France.


HMAT Ascanius A11 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Northern Herald (Cairns) 8 August 1918 p4


Northern Herald (Cairns) 3 April 1919


Online Resources

Qld Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Ascanius A11, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Jarman William, National Archives of Australia

NAA: B2455, Jarman Herbert, National Archives of Australia

NAA: B2455, Jarman Maurice, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Photo of Private W Jarman State Library of Queensland

Northern Herald (Cairns) 8 August 1918 p4

Northern Herald (Cairns 1913-1939) 3rd April 1919


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