Henry Jervis-White-Jervis

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Henry Jervis-White-Jervis (1825 – 22 September 1881) was a British army officer and a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1859 to 1880.

Jervis-White-Jervis was the third son of Sir Henry Meredith Jervis White-Jervis, 2nd baronet and his wife Marian Campbell daughter of William Campbell of Fairfield, Ayrshire. He was educated at Harrow School and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He joined the Royal Artillery as 2nd lieutenant in December 1844. He became 1st Lieutenant in 1846 and captain in September 1853. He was employed on special service under the Board of Ordnance in the United States in 1855[1]

Jervis-White-Jervis stood for parliament unsuccessfully at Harwich in 1857. At a by-election in March 1859 he was elected Member of Parliament for Harwich.[2]

Jervis-White-Jervis continued his military career and held various appointments dealing with the armaments of the service until January 1866 when he became Brevet-Major. In December 1867 he became lieutenant-colonel. He authored several books including Manual of Field Operations, History of Corfu and of the Ionian Islands, The Enfield Rifle, and Our Engines of War.[1]

In February 1863 Jervis-White-Jervis was elected deputy chairman of the Great Eastern Railway with specific responsibilities for chairing the stores and Traffic committees within that organisation.[3] In August 1865 Jervis-White-Jervis issued an appeal raising concerns about the management of the railway. This prompted an internal investigation and in a board meeting at the end of the month, an absent Jervis-White-Jervis was replaced by William Shaw as deputy chairman.[4] The internal investigation concluded that many of Jervis-White-Jervis's concerns were relevant and in a meeting in January the following years many of the directors were duly replaced (by members of the investigating committee). However Jervis-White-Jervis did not escape unscathed being subject to a motion of censure.[5]

He remained in parliament until 1880.[2]

Jervis-White-Jervis died at the age of 56. (1881)

Jervis-White-Jervis married in 1855 Lucy Cobbold, daughter of John Chevalier Cobbold M.P. for Ipswich and had several children.


  1. ^ a b Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  3. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 154: 28.
  4. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 155: 34.
  5. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 155: 35.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Harwich
With: Robert John Bagshaw March 1859 – May 1859
William Campbell May 1859 – 1860
Richard Rowley 1860–1865
John Kelk 1865–1868
Succeeded by