Frank Jenkins

Fassetts Farm

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Private 315140 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment
Killed in action on 12th April 1918 aged 31
Remembered with Honour Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium
Grave reference Panel 10

Edwin Francis Jenkins (known as Frank) was born in Everleigh, Wiltshire, in 1887 to Edwin and Elizabeth Mary who married in 1882. In 1901 father Edwin was an innkeeper in Devizes with three daughters and two sons but by 1911 he was a farm bailiff at Fassetts Farm in Loudwater where the only other family members recorded were his wife Elizabeth, sister Mary and son George. The three daughters had left the family and Frank was boarding in Arundel.

Frank married Jessie Burch in 1916 in West Sussex and the last known address before Frank enlisted was Littlehampton.

Frank enlisted in the Monmouthshire Regiment 2nd Battalion in Hereford. The 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment was a unit of the Territorial Force with its HQ in Osbourne Road, Pontypool, part of the Welsh Border Infantry Brigade, Welsh Division. On the 1st of May 1916 on the Western Front they became a Pioneer Battalion, joining 29th Division who had just arrived from Egypt. In July they went into action in the Battles of the Somme. In 1918 they were in action in the Battle of Estaires, at Messines and The Battle of Hazebrouck on 12th April 1918 including the defence of Nieppe Forest.

Private Jenkins was killed in action during the Battle of Hazebrouck on 12th April 1918. The 29th Division suffered heavy losses in the battle, bearing the brunt of the main German offensive. Frank is remembered with honour at the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

Additional information taken from the Buckinghamshire Remembers website:

Name Frank (Edwin Francis) JENKINS
Rank/Number Private 315140
Regiment Monmouthshire Regiment 2nd Battalion
Enlisted Hereford
Age/Date of death 31 12 Apr 1918
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action France & Flanders
Last known address 14 Castle St, Oswestry
Cemetery Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium
Grave or Memorial Reference Panel 10
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth 1887 Everley (Everleigh), Wilts
Date/Place of baptism
Pre-war occupation of Casualty gunsmith & working cutter
Parents Edwin & Elizabeth Mary Jenkins
Parent's occupation innkeeper/farm bailiff
Parents’ Address (last known) St Anns, London Rd, Loudwater
Wife Jessie Jenkins
Wife’s Address (last known) 27 Stanhope Rd, Littlehampton, Sussex
Notes Service Papers on formerly 5277 Hereford Regiment

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