Name: Gordon Oliver Jarvis
Service Number: NX44376
Unit Served: 8th Division Signals 2nd AIF
Personal Details: Gordon Oliver Jarvis was born on the 12th August, 1922. His father Oliver had served during the First World War and returned to marry his mother Ivy. They lived in Dubbo, but Ivy died in 1926, and is buried at Gilgandra, so they must have moved there by that time. He gave his address as c/o Joyce Jarvis, Gilgandra, but his father was living at Balladoran when Gordon enlisted. He had brown hair and blue eyes.
Enlistment Details: Gordon enlisted on the 21st August 1941 at Paddington, NSW.
Details of War Service: Gordon was sent to Signals Training School after he enlisted and was given leave after completing his training on the 4th November 1941, prior to his embarkation. He returned to his unit on the 12th November and left Sydney aboard MS2 on the 10th January, 1942, arriving in Singapore on the 26th. The Japanese were already advancing rapidly down the Malayan Peninsula by this time. On the 8th February, the Japanese launched their assault on the island of Singapore. Within a week the island surrendered. Gordon Jarvis died of wounds on the 15th February, 1942, which is the day that Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. He was only 19 years old. His father Oliver, died just 8 months later on the 12th October, 1942
Date of Death: 15th February 1942
Age at Death: 19
Memorial Details: Singapore Memorial, Column 117