Edward Riley JENKINS

Regimental number17347
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTramway inspector
AddressGeelong West, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinAunt, Mrs M S Jenkins, 18 Bendigo Street, Geelong West, Victoria
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps February 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 18th September 1918 between the hours of 6.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. in attack on enemy position (Outpost Hindenburg Line) near VENDELLES North of VERMAND and East of ST. QUENTIN. Private JENKINS was attached to RMO 45th A.I. Battalion as a runner to notify ambulance of exact position of R.A.P. as soon as established. Just after Zero hour as battalion was attacking and Headquarters was advancing over open country enemy S.O.S. Barrage opened and caught them inflicting numerous casualties. Every Headquarters Officer except R.M.O. and one other Headquarter Officer was hit and of the 16 other Ambulance Bearers, 8 became casualties. Private JENKINS, although attached as a runner voluntarily exposed himself in the most fearless and unselfish manner in giving assistance to the wounded. This done he accompanied the Battalion and on arrival at the R.A.P. at once set off under heavy fire to bring back his message. He delivered it safely and at once returned, organised a fresh squad from surviving Bearers and from then on did splendid work in carrying wounded. The R.M.O. to whom he was attached spoke highly of his fine conduct.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal