Died 19th August 1917
No. 25557 of the Northants Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Born: Woburn Sands, 4th September 1895
Enlisted: Luton, August 1916

Alfred was the third son of Alfred Jenkins, who had a cottage in Hardwick Road adjoining the churches land. He had three brothers in the forces, and had previously been employed at the Theydon Dairy by William Cooper.

A Private Jenkins of Hardwick Hill (?) Woburn Sands, wrote to the “Woburn Reporter” in October 1914, to say that parcels being sent to him were being opened on route, and he had had the tobacco and chocolate stolen from them.

Alfred had a wife, Mary Ann, and one daughter, Fanny Eva Elizabeth, who was born 19th January 1916.

North Bucks Times, 26th June, 1917 “Woburn Sands. Mrs Jenkins received a letter on Friday morning from an Army Chaplain intimating that her husband, Private Alfred Jenkins, of the Northants Regt. died on 19th August of wounds in the head, chest and legs received in action. Private Jenkins, who enlisted rather more than 13 months ago, was 22 years of age, and had been in France for 9 months. He leaves a widow and young child, for whom much sympathy is felt. Mr and Mrs Alfred Jenkins have four sons in the Army.”

The 2nd Northants were leaving the front line on this day.

Listed on the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaaderen, Belgium. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service papers have not survived.

Jenkin’s medal card.



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