|NAME||William Henry Jarvis|
|BORN||22 June 1888|
|MILITARY SERIAL NO.||2154|
|ENLISTED||Sydney 7 May 1915|
|DISCHARGED||Sydney 21 December 1919 – Medically Unfit due to being gassed – heart trouble|
I’ve given five of the best years of my life in the AIF
William Henry Jarvis and Ernest Henry Churcher obtained a block together so as to go into a share-farming arrangement. The block in question was situated at Maraylya near Windsor. The purchase price was £425 of which £106 had been repaid as of 2 May 1921.
When applying for an advance the two men were advised on 8 April 1921 ‘that no applications for assistance in poultry farming outside group settlements shall be entertained unless the holding has been purchased under the Closer Settlement Promotion Act or the settler is the owner of the property free of encumbrance.’
On 17 January 1924, Jarvis did apply for a loan. By 26 March 1924, he wrote asking for a definite answer as he had heard nothing.
I am not asking for much considering what the Department has done for other returned men. I’ve given five of the best years of my life in the AIF. I hope one has not to fight harder here for what the country promised that (sic) one did in the trenches.
Approval for the advance was given by the end of March.
William Jarvis sold his block toward the end of 1925. ‘I want it clearly understood that I am not a failure here by any means. Urgent family reasons compel me to go elsewhere’.
 SRNSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/7242 No. 7374], W H Jarvis and E H Churcher to Director SS Branch, 2 May 1921.
 Ibid, A.A. Watson to W. H. Jarvis and C.H. Churcher 8 April 1921.
 Ibid, Application for loan 17 January 1924.
 Ibid, W.H. Jarvis to RSS Board 26 March 1924.
 Ibid, New Advance Approval 29 March 1924.
 Ibid, W.H. Jarvis the Under Secretary Department of Lands 27 October 1925.
Sources used to compile this entry:
State Records NSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/7242 No. 7374] William Henry Jarvis.
National Archives of Australia: B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (William Henry Jarvis) online: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=7375177&I=1&SE=1