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  Frank Jenkins 

Lance Corporal 50654

 91st Field Company, Royal Engineers
Died of Wounds 28/03/18, aged 24

Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France (V.F.28)

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

 

 

FRANK JENKINS was born in Ewhurst in September 1893, the son of George and Eliza Jenkins of Furzen Lane, in Ellen's Green. Frank had two elder brothers, George (b1878) (1) and Alfred (b1885), two elder sisters, Edith (b1888) and Annie (b1890), and a younger brother, Albert (b1900). Alfred Jenkins was to serve with 16th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment and  died of his wounds on 29/09/1918.

Frank enlisted in Horsham (2), becoming Private 50654, and arrived in France on 11th July 1915 (3). He served with the 91st Field Company of the Royal Engineers, which was a part of 15th (Scottish) Division. The division had formed in Aldershot in September 1914 as a part of Lord Kitchener's Second New Army. The division had moved overseas to France between the 7-13th July 1915. They were to take part in the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915, attacking towards Loos to the north of the Lens-Bethune road (north of the position of the Loos Memorial to the Missing).

The year of 1916 saw Frank and the 15th Division fighting in the Battle of the Somme. They were to see action at Pozieres, Flers-Courcelette (in which action the division captured Martinpuch), and the Le Transloy ridge. the following year the Division saw action near Arras in the Second Battle of the Scarpe (23/24th April 1917) and the Third Battle of Ypres from July onwards (Pilkem Ridge and Langemark).


Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

The 15th Division the took part in actions at Bapaume on the Somme on 24-25th March 1918 before being involved in action to the north at Arras on 28th March 1918. It is likely that during the action on 24-25th Frank was wounded. He was evacuated to Duisans and the 8th or 19th Casualty Clearing Stations, which were sited there. On 28th March 1918 Lance Corporal Frank Jennings succumbed to his injures. He was laid to rest in the nearby Duisans British Cemetery, in grave V.F.28.

Frank was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal (3).

 

 

 

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Notes:
(1) George Jenkins Junior also lived in Furzen Lane in 1901 with his wife, Emily, and son, Edward George. (1901 Census)
(2) Soldiers Died in the Great War
(3) Medal Record Cards (Public Records Office)
 

 

Other sources:

  • Book of Remembrance

  • 1901 Census

  • BDM Online
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey
andy@ewhurstfallen.co.uk
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