|The Rushden Echo Friday 14 July 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Youth Killed - Private A H Jervis Succumbs to Wounds - A Former Raunds Scout
Mrs T G Jervis, 8 Gordon-terrace, Higham-road, Rushden, received news yesterday from unofficial news sources that her youngest son, Pte A H Jervis, of the Northants Regiment, had succumbed to wounds received from a shell on July 1st.
The sad news is sent by Pte J Mayes, of Higham Ferrers, who wrote under date July 8th, as follows:
"I am very sorry to have to write to you in this manner, but as Arthur asked me to write to you if anything happened to him, I must tell you that he got wounded on July 1st with a shell and died of wounds later on in the day. He asked me to write and tell you that he died like a soldier. I must tell you that I was quite a dear pal of his."
The late Pte Jervis was but 20 years of age. He attested under Lord Derby's scheme and was called up in February this year. After about eleven weeks' training he went with a draft to France, about a week before Easter. As a lad he was associated with the Raunds troop of Boy Scouts and passed through the Wesleyan School in that place. Prior to his being called up on military service he was employed by Messrs. Wm Green and Sons, boot manufacturers, Rushden.
|The Wellingborough News Friday 26 July 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Died Like a Soldier - Rushden Lad's Last Message to his Mother
Pte A H Jervis (Northants Regiment) of Rushden whose death we have reported previously, died from injuries received whilst taking part in the Picardy battle. His last words were, 'Tell Mother I died like a soldier'.