An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Frank William JERVELUND

No. 13416 Private, 8th (Service) Battalion,
Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
[later called The Green Howards].

Born 1 May 1890,
Died 10 July 1916, aged 26 years.

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme,
France, Pier and Face 3A and 3D.

He died during the Battle of the Somme. His elder brother Anders (q.v.), also an Old Coathamian but serving in a different regiment, survived longer but was killed in late March 1918 and is commemorated on the nearby Pozières Memorial. The Thiepval Memorial contains over 72,000 names of those of the United Kingdom and South African* armed forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. *Other Commonwealth countries erected their own memorials elsewhere.

Frank William 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. He was the third 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. He started in the preparatory class at Coatham Grammar School in September 1898, aged eight, the same day as Anders, and stayed until December 1904, when he was 14. By 1911 he was an analytical chemist, unmarried, and living as a lodger in Glamorgan, South Wales, an area like Teesside noted for its steel industry.