T. Jenkins

JENKINS, Thomas
Private 304,
1st Battalion, Welsh Guards
Formerly 19271, Grenadier Guards

Born - Llanfabon, Glam
Enlisted - Merthyr Tydfil
Died - 16th July 1917 Western Front - died of wounds

Buried at Canada Farm, Cemetery, N-west of Ypres, Belgium
Grave I.D.9

tn_Jenkins T -pmem

A private memorial inscribed beneath the names of Thomas’ parents, Edward and Catherine Jenkins, who were buried at Llanfabon Cemetery.

Thomas Jenkins

Canada Farm cemetery photo

Thomas Edward Jenkins was the only son born to Edward and Catherine Jenkins. Edward originally came from the Eglwysilan area of South Wales and was born there in about 1868. Catherine came from Radnorshire where she was born in about 1869. They were married by 1893 and made their home at 3 Llwyncelyn Terrace, Nelson. (Llwyncelyn translated to English is hollybush).

Thomas Edward was born here in about 1896 and his sister Doris May Jenkins was born in about 1900.

Both males in the household are shown as quarrymen.

News:

August 4th 1917.

During the past week, official notice has been received of the death of two more Nelson boys in action. This brings the Nelson roll of honour up to 21 men who have paid the supreme sacrifice of patriotism.
The two men are:
Private Thomas Jenkins, Welsh Guards, only son of Mr and Mrs Jenkins, 3 Hollybush Terrace, Nelson and Corporal James Meredith, 16099 of the 10th Welsh, son of Mrs C Seabourne, 16 Heol Fawr, Nelson.

Private Jenkins joined the Grenadier Guards on the formation of that Regiment. He had seen considerable fighting on the Western Front, and was severely wounded on Hill 70. After a spell in hospital he returned to the trenches, but was again invalided home with shell shock. He again went to the front about 5 months ago, and was severely wounded on July 16th, from the effects of which he passes away. Private Jenkins was only 22 years old and before joining the colours worked at the Pandy Quarry.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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