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  Alfred Jenkins 

Private SD/3792

16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment
Died of Wounds 29/9/18, aged 33

Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France (I.C.39)

Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance
Ellen's Green Memorial Tablet



ALFRED JENKINS was born in Slinfold, West Sussex, in March 1885, the son of George and Eliza Jenkins of Furzen Lane, in Ellen's Green. Alfred had an elder brother, George (b1878) (1), two younger sisters, Edith (b1888) and Annie (b1890), and two younger brothers, Frank (b1893) and Albert (b1900). Frank Jenkins was to serve with 91st Field Company, Royal Engineers and died of his wounds on 28/03/1918.

The family had moved to Furzen Lane in Ellen's Green between 1885 and 1891, and in 1901 Alfred was living in Ellen's Green, aged 16, and working as a brick yard labourer. He was married in December 1908 (2).

He enlisted in Guildford, probably at Stoughton Barracks, the depot of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) but became Private SD/3792, of the Royal Sussex Regiment (the SD prefix to his service number indicates that the number was allocated to the 'South Downs' battalions, namely the 11th, 12th and 13th, and so possibly the 16th was not Alfred's original battalion).

The 16th Bn was formed from the 1/1st Bn Sussex Yeomanry on 3rd January 1917 in The 1/1st had first seen active service in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915, landing at Cape Helles on 7th October 1915. The battalion remained on the peninsular until it was evacuated on 30th December 1915. They moved to Egypt in the early part of 1916, initially forming the defence force for Suez, and then joining the Western Frontier Force.

On the 3rd January, 1917, the battalion became the 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, and as a part of 230th Brigade of the 74th (Yeomanry) Division and fought through the Palestine Campaign.

In mid 1918 the Division moved to the Western Front, landing at Marseilles in May 1918. Its first major action  in France was at the Battle of Bapaume, which was part of the Second Battle of the Somme, between 31st August and 3rd September 1918. The division then took part in the advance that was to herald the end of the conflict.

It is likely that during this action Private Alfred Jenkins was wounded, and succumbed to his wounds on 29th September 1918. He is buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France in plot I.C.39.

Alfred was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal (3).



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(1) George Jenkins Junior also lived in Furzen Lane in 1901 with his wife, Emily, and son, Edward George. (1901 Census)
(2) It it possible that he married Minnie Rose, of Ewhurst, mentioned in the 1901 Census, aged 10 (BDM) who is mentioned living in Furzen Lane in the 1901 Census, aged 10.
(3) Medal Records Cards (Public Records Office)


Other sources:

  • Book of Remembrance

  • Soldiers Died in the Great War

  • 1901 Census












Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey