Henry Jervis-White-Jervis

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Henry Jervis-White-Jervis
Member of Parliament for Harwich
In office
Preceded byJohn Bagshaw
Robert John Bagshaw
Succeeded bySir Henry Tyler
Personal details
Born(1825-03-15)15 March 1825
Portobello, Edinburgh
Died22 September 1881(1881-09-22) (aged 56)
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Political partyConservative
Lucy Cobbold
(m. 1855; died 1881)
Parent(s)Sir Henry Jervis-White-Jervis, 2nd Baronet
Marian Campbell
EducationHarrow School
Alma materRoyal Military Academy, Woolwich

Henry Jervis-White-Jervis (15 March 1825 – 22 September 1881) was a British army officer and a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1859 to 1880.

Early life[edit]

Jervis-White-Jervis was born at Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland on 15 March 1825. He was the third son of Sir Henry Jervis-White-Jervis, 2nd Baronet (1793–1869) and his wife Marian Campbell, the eldest daughter of William Campbell of Fairfield, Ayrshire.[1]

His paternal grandparents were Sir John Jervis-White-Jervis, 1st Baronet, and the former Mary Bradford. The progenitor of the family was John White, Esq., who married Lady Margaret Seymour, settled in Ireland during the reign of King Charles II, and purchased the Bally Ellis estate in County Wexford.[1] White's son, also named John White, married Katherine Jervis (a daughter of Sir Humphrey Jervis, Lord Mayor of Dublin). Their son, John Jervis White, took on the Jervis name as part of his inheritance and became great-grandfather of the 1st Baronet.[1]

He was educated at Harrow School and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[2]


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.[2]

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.[3] He remained in Parliament until 1880.[3]

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.[2]

Great Eastern Railway[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1855, Jervis-White-Jervis married Lucy Cobbold (1828–1916), daughter of the former Lucy Patterson and John Chevalier Cobbold, MP for Ipswich, and had several children, including:[7]

Jervis-White-Jervis died at Felixstowe, Suffolk on 22 September 1881, at the age of 56.[7] His eldest son, John, inherited the baronetcy from his brother, the 3rd Baronet, in 1887.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Burke, John (1833). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. H. Colburn. p. 11. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870
  3. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  4. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 154: 28.
  5. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 155: 34.
  6. ^ Ashton, Geoff (April 2013). "The Great Eastern Railway 1862-1865". Great Eastern Journal. 155: 35.
  7. ^ a b c Cokayne, George Edward (1906). Complete Baronetage: Great Britain and Ireland, 1707-1800, and Jacobite, 1688-1788. W. Pollard & Company, Limited. p. 438. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  8. ^ a b c d e Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage: In which is Included Much Information Respecting the Collateral Brances of Baronets, and the Issue of Knights. Dean & Son. 1921. p. 395. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Ontario Lumberman, 83, Becomes Baronet On Death of Brother, Jervis-White-Jervis". The New York Times. 20 January 1943. p. 11. Retrieved 21 November 2023.

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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