John Andrew Benjamin Jolley
John Andrew Benjamin Jolley

John Andrew Benjamin (‘Jack’) Jolley (1895–1915) was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, attached to the 5th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment. His death, given there as 11 October 1915, is recorded in the Loos Memorial Cemetery, in the Pas de Calais region of northern France. He is commemorated on the war memorials of the Guildhall and The Perse School, Cambridge, as well as on his family grave in this Cemetery.

Hill's Road Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial
Hill’s Road Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial

John was born on 12 August 1895 in Aughnacloy, Tyrone, Ireland. He was one of at least five children born to John Thomas Jolley and Harriet Elizabeth Jolley (née Graham). He was known as Jack. Jack was educated at Miss Fairbanks’ School and the Perse School, Cambridge, where he was admitted on 15 September 1904. His father was an assistant schoolmaster based in Halifax, Yorkshire but maintained his links to his family in Cambridge. His mother was born in Hanover Square in London. She died in 1905 in Halifax, but by this time Jack was already living with his unmarried aunts in Cambridge as he was a student at The Perse School. It appears that his four siblings remained in Yorkshire with their parents. In 1908 Jack’s father remarried to a Jessie Louisa Banham in Cambridge but the couple returned to Yorkshire. Jack enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant (T) in the 7th Battalion attached to the 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. He died on 11 October 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He was entitled to the 1914–1915 Star, the Victory medal and the British War medal.

Hill Road Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial

Jolley grave
Jolley monument

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.202703 0.13719776 – click here for location

Parish : St Andrew the Great

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Grave Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
Pelican Roll of Honour (July 1918)

Information kindly provided by the following institution: The Perse School, Cambridge

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

John Andrew Benjamin Jolley