An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Anders (‘Andrew’) Emil JERVELUND

No. 240283 Company Quartermaster Serjeant,
1/5th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.

Born 31 March 1889,
Died 22 March 1918, aged 28 years.

Commemorated on the Pozières Memorial, Somme,
France, Panel 16 to 18.

His younger brother Frank (q.v.), also an Old Coathamian, was killed earlier in the war in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and is commemorated nearby on the Thiepval Memorial. The Pozières Memorial relates mainly to the crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming German forces across the former Somme battlefields. It contains the names, CQMS Andrew Jervelund’s among them, of over 14,000 soldiers of the United Kingdom who died during this German offensive and who have no known grave.

Anders Emil Jervelund was the son of Auguste and Harriet Jervelund and the family lived at 40, Newcomen Street, Redcar. His father was a naturalised British citizen of Danish birth, an iron merchant and part of a community of European émigrés attracted by Teesside’s industry. Census records of the time use the anglicised version of his name, Andrew, and he was the second of four sons in the family. Carl, Anders and Frank each went to Coatham Grammar School. Harold, the youngest, probably went to school in Middlesbrough, as the family had moved there at some point after their father’s death in 1904. The boys also had a younger sister, Phyllis. Anders himself started in the preparatory class at Coatham in September 1898, aged nine, and stayed until July 1904, when he was 15. By 1911 he was a naval draughtsman, unmarried and living at home with his widowed mother at 9, Ryedale Terrace, Middlesbrough.