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William JENKINS

Regimental number3831
Place of birthLiverpool England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCanvasser
Address565 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Jenkins, 118 Duke Street, Birkenshire, Cheshire, England
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name26th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 26 January 1919

FateDischarged 4 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Sergeant JENKINS has on several occasions had to take charge of a platoon. He has performed consistently good work over a long period. His services have been invaluable to his Battalion, when endurance and bravery were demanded. After the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line, east of AMIENS, on 3rd October, 1918, this N.C.O. was placed in command of an important post which he was instructed to hold. The enemy concentrated a heavy fire of machine guns and trench mortars on this post. All his men became casualties except four, but by his bravery and cheerfulness, he urged his men on, firing with their rifles, until finally the enemy fire was beaten down, and the enemy withdrew. His post was a very important one in the line which was severely threatened, and the fire directed against his post was exceptionally heavy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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