Name: Maurice Edward Jarman


Birth Date: 1893 Where: Cairns, Queensland
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Enoggera, Qld Age: 22
Serial Number: 1694 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Corporal

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal


Photograph Jarman

Service Details:

15 January

1916                      Joined 26th Battalion in Eygypt

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 August

1916                      Wounded, Pozieres

23 December

1916                      Rejoined Unit


1917                      Warlencourt


1917                      Attack on Malt Trench


1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)


1917                      Bapaume


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres

29 September

1917                      Promoted Corporal


1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

10 October

1917                      Awarded Military Medal

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)


1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

1 July

1918                      Discharged





Biographical Details:

Maurice Edward Jarman was one of four boys and two girls born to Edward Jarman and Jane Lewis at Enoggera in Queensland. Two of Maurice’s brothers, William and Herbert, also served with the AIF. William a driver with the 57th Battalion was killed in action. Herbert who fought with the 11th Light Horse survived the war.
Maurice enlisted with the 2nd Reinforcement of the 26th Battalion in March 1915 but was not attested until August. He was shipped to Egypt where much of the early training took place.  He eventually joined his Battalion at Tel-El-Kebir when it returned to Egypt from Gallipoli.
Maurice’s service was not faultless. Soon after joining his Battalion he was charged with being AWL for 42 hours.  He was given 168 days Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeited 3 days pay.
During the Trench Raid, Maurice was part of Lt Phillipp’s Covering Party which covered the withdrawal of the trench parties.
On 18th December, 1917 the Cairns Post published two letters supplied by Maurice’s mother, Jane Jarman.
It appears that Maurice had written to his mother. An officer, probably on censor duties, included a letter too.
Maurice’s Letter: "Somewhere in Belgium, Sept. 28th, 1917. -My Dear Mother, -I received a letter from Martha to-day,_ and she said that you had not received any letters from me for a long time, and she said that you were ever so sad. I can't make out why you don't get the letters, as I write every week, sometimes twice. It makes me feel lonely, and sets me thinking about you when I hear that you don't get my letters often. It is no use worrying here, as one would be dead in a short time, as he has got this awful war to see through now. I have been on the job so long I will have to see it through like the others. I have been lucky. This last bit of a fight we had-you will see by the papers I pulled through it. Frank got wounded again. Good luck to old Frank, as he was the best of them. I hope that he gets to Blighty. You will be surprised to know that l am a corporal, and got the Military Medal for bravery on the field, so "buck" up and wish for the best, as you know it only makes me worry. It is getting dark now, so I will draw to a close. Hoping you are well when this letter reaches you.-Your loving son. Maurice."

The Officers letter: "Dear Madam,-I trust that you will excuse me for taking this liberty, but I cannot let your son's letter pass without adding a few words of praise without his knowledge. Without doubt he is one of the best boys that I have seen in action, and it gave me great pleasure to recommend him for his Military Medal and promote him to the rank of corporal. His bravery and devotion to duty has been a fine example to all ranks. May God spare him to return to you and all loved ones. - His Officer."

On 14th October 1917 the General Officer commanding the 7th Brigade recommended L/Cpl Jarman for a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). This was changed to a MM at Divisional level.
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This man went forward under heavy shell fire during the attack on POLYGON WOOD on 20th September 1917, and established forward dumps. He showed initiative, determination, and his exceptional bravery set a fine example to the party of men of whom he was in charge.'
Corporal Jarman returned to Queensland.  In 1926 he married Amy Patricia Curtis. It is not known if they had children.  Maurice Jarman died in 1964.

A non-life threatening wound serious enough to result in removal from action.

The officer was not identified but was probably Maurice’s Platoon Commander or the Company Commander.