Sapper (military engineer) Albert William Jarman was born in Kent, England and was a shipwright by trade.

He was married to Linda Maude Jarman and they lived in Wentworth Street, Harris Park Parramatta.  They had two children.

Sapper Alfred William Jarman enlisted to serve on 4 January 1916 and embarked for service overseas with the 1 Australian Tunnelling Company on 20 February 1916.

His war service record indicates that in late November 1916 he was treated for an injury to the right foot which he had sustained accidentally while doing carpentry work.

Sadly, he died from wounds he subsequently received in action on 13 June 1917.

Sapper Alfred William Jarman is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium.  A photograph of his grave is located on the Australian Tunnellers of World War 1 Website.

The website documents that on 13 June 1917, a shell burst while he and four others were unloading a truck at a place called Lille Gate.  He died sometime later that day at the Second Canadian Casualty Clearing Station from the severe wounds he received from the incident.

Notice of his death is published in the Cumberland Argus of 30 June 1917 at page 10.

Sapper Alfred William Jarman was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.  The medals, a photograph of his grave and a Memorial Scroll were given to his wife.

His name is located on the Memorial Arch at Saint John’s Anglican Cathedral Parramatta and his name is also located on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial.


Australian Tunnellers of World War 1 Website


Janet Britton, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2016