Last month the Regimental Museum received a gift of the medals of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Jarvis including the Imperial Service Order, Edward VII; Canada General Service Medal, one clasp Fenian Raid 1870, (impressed in upper and lower case: Bugler A.L.F. Jarvis Ottawa Bde. G.A.), edge cut over initials L.F. which have been refreshed; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers’ Decoration, Edward VII, (impressed: Lt COL. A.L. JARVIS. G.G.F.G.) Hallmarked 1905; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal, Victoria, (impressed: LIEUT. COLONEL A.L. JARVIS, THE GOVEROR GENERAL’S FOOT GUARDS.)
He is buried at Beechwood Cemetery Section 17, PC 19 (Mil & CS)
Born in Toronto, Canada West on June 17, 1852, Jarvis entered the public service in 1868. He joined the Ottawa
Brigade Garrison Artillery during the Fenian Raids in 1870. He held a general service medal with one clasp for his excellent service and a long service decoration. The photograph of him is taken in October 1879 by William Topley. In 1885, he was promoted to second lieutenant of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. He commanded the Regiment from 1899 to 1904. He was secretary of the Department of Agriculture from 1896 to 1908 and was then appointed assistant deputy minister of agriculture in 1909. Jarvis retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel and died in Ottawa on March 20, 1927.
His grandfather was an officer with General Sir Isaac Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights.
Awarded the Long Service Medal by General Order 9 in 1902.
Awarded the Officers’ Decoration by General Order 157 in 1908.