Lieutenant Jeremiah (Jerry) Knowles GARNETT

Royal Field Artillery (Territorial)
1sr/3rd East Lancs Brigade
Service Number:
Date of Death:
6 November 1915 - Died
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Number:
D. IV. 6.

Personal History:

Born on 16th April 1895 at Prestwich, Lancashire, Jerry was the eldest son of Frank (Merchant in Grey Cotton Cloth) and Bertha (née Bardle) Garnett, later of The West House, Cheetham's Close, Buxton, Derbyshire. He had an elder sister, Francis Alison (Nancy), and a younger brother, Guy Blaylock.

In 1901 (Census RG 13/3270) Jerry was living with his parents and Francis at Tabley Hill, Burbage, Buxton, along with their three domestic servants and a cook. He was educated at Holmleigh School, Buxton, Wisenford and Charterhouse (Pageites House), where he was boarding in 1911 (Census RG 14/30390).

The 1911 Census (RG 14/21258) shows that his family had moved again to 'Cold Springs', Buxton, and acquired an extra servant.

Military History:

Jerry volunteered for foreign service at the outbreak of War. He was Gazetted 2nd/Lieutenant 29th August 1914 (London Gazette 28th August 1914, p. 6811). He went to the Dardanelles in July 1915. Records show that 18 Battery, 1/3rd Brigade, landed at Gallipoli, with horses and drivers, in July, so it is likely that this was Jerry's Unit .
Jerry died on the 6th November 1915, of enteric fever contracted whilst on active service on the Peninsular, aged 20 years. [The term "enteric fever" is a collective term that refers to typhoid and paratyphoid, a bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the faeces of an infected person, which contain the bacterium Salmonella enterica enterica.]

In Testament Of Youth, Vera Brittain describes visiting his grave and sending a flower back to his
parents. Jerry Garnett was a close friend of Vera's brother, Captain Edward Harold Brittain, who
is also commemorated on this site.

· I am grateful to British War Graves for the photo of Jerry's Grave and
   to Graeme Clarke for the photo of the Grave dedication
· I am also grateful to Richard [Derbyshire War Memorials]
   for the photo from St John's Church, Buxton
· Also, to Douglas Garnett for the photos of Jerry from the family archive
· Other photos ã G E Conway

Link to CWGC Record
Lt J K Knowles's Grave at Pieta
A plaque commemorating 2/Lt Jerry Garnett is found in St John's Church, Buxton
Jerry Knowles Garnett
Jerry and his Father c. 1905
Frank & Bertha Garnett's Grave
Jerry's Memorial Inscription
Jerry out riding with his father, Frank, c. 1905
Frank and Bertha's Grave in Burbage Churchyard, Buxton
Memorial inscription to Jerry on Frank and Bertha's Grave