THOSE REMEMBERED ON THE FALFIELD WAR MEMORIAL WHO DIED DURING THE 1914-18 WAR
JOHN BANKS JENKINSON
9th June 1881 (Baptised 24th July 1881 in St George’s Church, Falfield)
Cadogan Square, London.
Date of Death:
Monday 14th September 1914
He was killed in action as they advanced from the Marne to the slopes above the Aisne.
Go to “War Diary of the 1st South Wales Borderers” web site to read the war diary of one of the officers of the Battalion. It makes for very sobering yet inspiring reading.
France and Flanders
Vendresse British Cemetery. Plot Ref: I.C.17
The neighbourhood of Vendresse-
Vendresse British Cemetery was made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from other cemeteries and from the battlefields.
The following were among the burial grounds from which graves were moved to this cemetery:-
BEAURIEUX FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, where 16 British soldiers were buried by the Germans in May-
CALIFORNE FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, CRAONNE, where one British soldier was buried by the enemy in May 1918.
CHAMOUILLE GERMAN CEMETERY, where 16 British soldiers were buried in 1914.
MORIEULOIS GERMAN CEMETERY, CREPY-
OEUILLY CHURCHYARD, AISNE, which contained four British graves of 1914.
TROYON CHURCHYARD, AISNE, which contained 50 British graves of 1914.
VERNEUIL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, where 46 British soldiers were buried in 1914 from the Dressing Station in the Chateau. In October 1915, the French 57th Infantry Regiment erected a stone memorial (now removed to Vendresse) to their British comrades.
VERNEUIL CHURCHYARD, MARNE, where one British soldier was buried in October 1914.
There are now over 700, 1914-
The British Cemetery covers an area of 2,188 square metres and is enclosed (except on the roadside) by a low stone rubble wall.
Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own)
3rd Brigade of The 1st Battalion, the South Wales Borderers
04.08.1914 Stationed at Colchester as part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division.
18.08.1914 Moved to Harrow School.
23.08.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and the engaged in various action on the Western Front including;
The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Attack on Ploegsteert Wood.
Dec 1914 This Battalion took part in the Christmas Truce of 1914.
The Second Battle of Ypres.
The German gas attack at Ypres, the Battle of Le Transloy.
The Battle of Arras, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle.
Battle of the Somme, Battle of Lyes, German withdrawal at Hinges, The Battle of Drocourt-
11.11.1918 Ended the war in France, Haspres N.W. of Solesmes..
The 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.
Given the information available, John Banks Jenkinson was was awarded the 1914 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One. A narrow horizontal bronze clasp sewn onto the ribbon, bearing the dates ‘5th AUG. –
Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the 1st World War. Two versions of the medal were produced. About 6.5 million were struck in silver and 110,000 in bronze, the latter awarded to, among others, the Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps
The 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. With Pip representing either the 1914/15 Star or the 1914 Star, only one of which could be awarded to a soldier, Squeak represented the British War Medal and Wilfred represented the Victory Medal.
The Next of Kin Memorial Plaque is a bronze plaque approximately 11 cms or 4½ inches diameter with the name of someone who died serving with the British and Empire forces in the First World War. This was issued to the Next of Kin of the casualty along with a scroll. They were posted out separately, typically in 1919 and 1920, and a ‘King’s message’ was enclosed with both, containing a facsimile signature of the King.
The immediate next of kin of all who died serving with the British and Empire forces in the First World War were eligible to receive the plaque and scroll. With nearly a million dead for the British Army alone, the plaques are today still commonly found; the fragile scrolls survive less often. Some of those recorded by plaques and scrolls were not eligible for service medals, for instance, those who did not serve overseas but who died in service through accident or illness.
Eldest son of Sir George Banks Jenkinson, 12th Bart.; husband of Joan Jenkinson (later as Mrs. Langhorne)
John joined the Rifle Brigade at Sandhurst in 1899. He served in the Boer War with the Mounted Infantry, and he obtained the Queen’s medal with five clasps. John became Captain in 1908 and General Staff Officer, Eastern Command by 1912 and Brigade Major 3rd Infantry Brigade in 1913. He went to France, as Brigade-
Please note: On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site the date of death is recorded as 14th September 1914 but the following web site (The Long, Long,Trail – The Battle of the Aisne) it refers to his death as Wednesday 16th September 1914
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