Flying Engineer - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 622 Squadron - Service No. 804377
Barry Wentworth Jarvis was born on 28th July 1919 in Darlington, County Durham. His father was Frederick William Jarvis, a Commercial Traveller, and his mother was Grace (née Poulter). The first school that he attended was Dartford Church of England School.
In 1930 Barry Jarvis joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Barry’s address as Croft House, Horton Kirby. Whilst at the School, Barry was in Downs House.
In 1935 Barry left the School and started work in a Hosiery Warehouse. In World War Two he enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, becoming a Flight Engineer, Service Number 804377. He joined 622 Squadron, which was based at Mildenhall in Suffolk and was part of Bomber Command’s main source No.3 group.
Barry Jarvis had taken part in 17 operational flights, when his Squadron was called upon to bomb targets during the D-Day Landings – Operation Overlord. On 8th June 1944, he and the crew of his Lancaster bomber, were shot down and killed in Normandy. Barry Jarvis was 24 years old. He is remembered at Tacoignieres Churchyard, Yvelines, France.
Three other students from the same Form as Barry Jarvis were killed in action during World War Two, Bertie Kemp, Victor Phillips and Roy Robinson.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: