Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Forgotten Exploits of a WWII Hero

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Forgotten Exploits of a WWII Hero

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A NEW book recalls the wartime exploits of North East-born Pip Jarvis.

His son Phil, who lives in Throckley, was contacted by an author writing a book about largely forgotten clandestine activities in Cornwall and Devon during the war.

Laura Quigley was delighted to include Pip's story in her book: South West Secret Agents - True Stories Of the West Country At War.

At the beginning of World War II, Pip Jarvis travelled to Newcastle Quayside with his older brother Joe, in the hope of joining the Royal Navy.

Joe was accepted, but Pip was rejected for being too young.

Originally from Throck-Throckley, Pip was living at Beaumont Terrace, Westerhope, when he joined the Home Guard.

Although a miner in the local pit, he was eventually called up and joined the Royal Navy.

He was posted to minesweepers based on the Isle of Sheppey off the Kent coast.

Every night, under the cover of darkness, the Germans mined the Thames estuary, and every morning the minesweepers would go searching for the mines and once found, remove them.

One morning at parade, an officer asked for volunteers for "hazardous duties". Pip volunteered and was accepted for the special services. …

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