Category Archives: surname J

Welfare Officer Lilian Joan Jansen

Welfare Officer Lilian Joan Jansen  served with the British Red Cross in Malaya. She is entitled to the General Service Medal 1918-1962 with clasp Malaya and the Voluntary Medical Service Medal.

The British Red Cross was present at all the major military conflicts of the 20th Century. Its role was to provide some comfort to the men and women serving under the flag. One of the many responsibilities they took was to run canteen, rest area and look at the wellbeing of every military personnel present. In these situation the Welfare Officer would have to make sure that men where feeling as comfortable as possible under the circumstances and this would imply doing many tasks as looking for their hygiene, mail from home, organising social activities etc.

She was born on February 22nd, 1925

September, 23rd 1953 : Listed as a Welfare Officer on the ship Antilochus. Sailed from Port Swettenham, Malaya, Singapore and arrived in Liverpool, England.

Proposed address 15 Munden street, W Kensington, London.

1965 : She married Harry Hancock

From 1948 until 1975 she was living at that same address (15 Munden Street)

Her Voluntary Medical Service Medal was issued in the 1960’s for 15 years of service.

August 1985 : She died in Peterborough, United Kingdom

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Nursing Sister Jessie B Jaggard

Nursing Sister and Matron Jessie B Jaggard served in the Canadian Army Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the 1914-14 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. She is one of the few women who died while serving her country at war in the Canadian army. Her family received the Memorial Plaque, the Memorial Scroll and according to her file two memorial Crosses were issued, one to her mother and one to her husband.

At the time the Memorial Cross was given only to the “wife” of the deceased contrary to today’s rule that state that the Cross is given to the “spouse” of the deceased. Yes the choice of word is important here. Technically her husband should have not received the Memorial Cross but I guess that the person in charge of issuing the Cross at the Canadian Government found the rule discriminatory and issued a Cross to her husband. Nursing Sister Gertrude Donaldson (her story can be found by clicking here) was the only other Canadian whose husband also received the Memorial Cross.

But the rule was not applied equally; Nursing Sister Jean Olgivie Alport also died during her WW1 but her husband did not receive her Memorial Cross. I think the strict rule was applied in her case and they were more “opened” in the case of Nursing Sister Donaldson and Jaggard.

Born on May 28th, 1873 in Kings, Nova-Scotia.
Height : 5’ 3″                   Weight : 120 lbs.

Enlisted on May 11th, 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario.
She had previous service in the Qualifying course military Hospital in Quebec

Sent to the Island of Lemnos on July 27th, with the 3rd Canadian Stationnary Hospital,

August 16th : Reached the Port of Mudros on the Greek Island of Lemnos.

August 22nd : The 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital became operational on the island and they received their first patient at 10:00 am.

The hospital was part of a relief effort sent to help overcrowded Anzac medical services which could not take the large influx of wounded soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. The Canadian Hospital was hastily sent to the island and they were not prepared to served under these conditions. It needed two nurses to change a patient wound dressing, one to change the dressing and one to fan out the flies of the wound (no joke here). Excessive heat and poor sanitary conditions were the contributing factors at spreading disease. Many of its members felt hill to disentry, some even died on the island.

Reported conditions critical on September 17th.

Died on September 25th, 1915 from dysentery at the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital in Mudros at the age of 42.

She is buried cemetery near Greek Church in the village of Portianos west Mudros V. D. 176.

Picture of the grave of one Canadian Nursing Sister in Mudros. Although I am not sure if it’s the grave of Matron Jaggard.

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Her medals (1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory medal), Memorial Plaque and Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to her husband, Herbert A. Jaggard, 306 W. Gray Street Elmira New-York, United States of America
Memorial Cross was sent to her mother Mrs John Lathrop Brown 161 Manor road Rockliffe, Ottawa

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Nursing Sister Jessie Agnes Jarvis

Nursing sister Jessie Agnes Jarvis served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is one of the few women who died while serving her country at war in the Canadian army.

The only papers in her file are the medals card and one page from her medical reports
Born in 1886

Admitted at the Hospital on May 20th, 1918
May 20th, Body temperature 103 oF «having been ill some days previously has physical signs of pneumonia»
May 21st, «chest aspirated and fluid removed pleural cavity drained – discharged not abundant»
May 22nd, «vomiting constantly unable to retain any nourishment»

Died at 12 noon on May 23rd, 1918 at the age of 32.
Memorial Plaque and Scroll, Memorial Cross and medals (British War medal, Victory medal) were sent to M Jarvis PO Box 566 Truro, Nova Scotia
Not entitled to the 1914-15 Star (not 100 % sure, there is no mention on the card that she was entitled to 1914-15 Star and usually there is a note on the card if the person is entitled or not)
Buried in Truro cemetery, Nova Scotia (L. 50. Div. C. Third grave from North end.)
Daughter of Frances M. Jarvis, of 176, Bolsford St., Moncton, N.B., and the late George M. Jarvis.

Picture of her gravestone Truro cemetery, Nova Scotia