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- Harold Philip Jenkin -

Unknown person Name : Harold Philip Jenkin

Son of Mr. Philip Jenkin, of "Verdun," Ventnor; (his mother was Sarah Jane Jenkin (neé Butt) who died in 1914); husband of Mrs. F. M. Jenkin, of 1, Dudley Terrace, Dudley Rd., Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Born 1887 Wroxall.

Married 1913, Florence Maud White; two children : Ethel Joan, born 1916, Kenneth Herbert Philip, born 1917.
  Census information :

1891 : Philip and Sarah J. Jenkin, with their children including Harold aged 3, are at 5 Yarbro Terrace, Wroxall. Philip Jenkin is a Railway Station Master.

1901 : Philip and Sarah J. Jenkin, with their children including Harold aged 13, are at Clarence Road, Wroxall. Philip Jenkin is a Railway Station Master.

1911 : Philip and Sarah J. Jenkin are at Hillside, Clarence Road, Wroxall. Philip Jenkin is a Railway Station Master.

1911 : Harold Philip Jenkin is boarding with the Husband family at Auckland House, Grove Road, Ventnor. He is a Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist with the General Post Office.
  Service Details :

Sapper 127995 Harold Philip Jenkin, 61st Air Line Section, Royal Engineers

Harold Jenkin attested for service on 11 Dec 1915 and was subsequently called up for service with the Royal Engineers on 16 October 1916. His qualifications as a Post Office Telegraphist led him to be assigned a similar role with the Army. He was posted to the Palestine theatre of war, arriving in Alexandria 27 Sept 1917. He died as a result of contracting malaria. It is not known why he is buried in Beirut (then in Syria).

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
  Casualty Details :

Died 5 November 1918, aged 31

Buried at Beirut War Cemetery, Lebanon

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor Post Office War Memorial
Wroxall Methodist Church War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle (as JENKINS H P)

Harold Jenkin's name is listed in the IW Football Association Roll of Honour (as H Jenkins)
  Documents :


Friday, August 4, 1916 Page 4

JENKIN. - On Aug. 1st, at 2 Verona Villas, Ventnor, the wife of Harold Philip Jenkin, of a daughter.


Friday, September 14, 1917 Page 2

Ventnor District Council.
Letters were read from Mrs. Feaver, Mr. P. Jenkins, Mrs. W. Nobbs, and Miss Nellie Newnham, thanking the Council for votes of condolence passed with their relatives at recent meetings.
(not all the report has been transcribed)


Friday, January 4, 1918 Page 2

JENKIN. - On December 27th, at 2, Verona Villas, Ventnor, the wife of Sapper H.P. Jenkin, R.A., - a son.


Friday, April 26, 1918 Page 3

Ventnorians on War Service.
The following letter reaches us from Mr. C.E.J. Spencer, written from a port in the near East. Its topical references to local men and affairs makes interesting reading. ... Among the men at this particular camp were many
- a tribute to the fact, freely admitted on all hands, that the Garden Isle has done her bit towards furnishing a full quota of men, money and material in this the hour of need. Although, at time of writing, I have been here less than a fortnight, I have met men from Ryde, Cowes, Newport, Shanklin, Sandown, the west of the Wight, and - not least of all - Ventnor. A quartette who recently foregathered at the Union Jack Club for dinner consisted of George Sanderson, and Harold Jenkins (ex Ventnor G.P.O. staff), Will Smith (Wroxall) and the writer. Just previously I had run across Lieut. Munsey of Sandown, and a Shanklin man named Smith.
Added to these I have enumerated, there are in the district, to my knowledge, Archie Coleman, Dr. Billups (Sandown), Arthur Cook (Cowes), my own two brothers, and a Wroxall lad named Dove, who has again gone up the line. So - far from the Island's resources having been a mere pawn in this game of human chess - one wonders what the country would have done without her. And yet folk make fun our little home spot, and say it's not on the map. When I was in Marseilles I heard Sid Brown, of Sandown, parry one of these joking thrusts by drolly observing "The Isle of Wight is a piece of land which England was cut away from, and what she does to-day England does tomorrow." It may not be strictly accurate, but it showed pride for his native isle. Being one of the last from home you can readily imagine how eagerly the
listen to home news and gossip, punctuated by such comments as "What? The Royal Hotel opening? That's a good sign;" or "Mr. Sharpe's a rare good 'un for Ventnor - ought to be on the Council." (It was suggested, however, that he could do best as he was, since he was untrammelled - I nearly wrote uncontaminated.) The lads paid a high tribute to the late Major Judd's yeoman and successful work in Ventnor's interest, and copies of the "I.W. Mercury" which I had for December and dates subsequent were read with avidity ...
(not all the letter has been transcribed)


Friday, May 10, 1918 Page 2

There was a happy supper party of Ventnorians at a seaport in the Middle East recently, those present being Harold Jenkins, George Sanderson, "Olly" Lale, Jack Spencer, "Kite" Mackett and C.E.J. Spencer. The letter containing this information goes on to state "Archie Coleman is sailing soon for home waters. We are all well and having grand weather."


Friday, November 8, 1918 Page 3

DANGEROUSLY ILL. - Mrs. Jenkin yesterday received telegraphic information that her husband, Pte. Harold Jenkin, who is the son of our local station master, is dangerously ill in Palestine. He is one of the Ventnor Postal Staff.

Friday, November 15, 1918 Page 1

News has been received, following a telegram announcing last week he was dangerously ill, that Private Harold Jenkin succumbed to malaria in Palestine on November 5th. It was received with profound sorrow and regret by all classes in the town. The son of our esteemed station master, Mr. Philip Jenkin, and by reason of his employment at the Post Office, Harold Jenkin was well known in the town and held in the greatest esteem. He had been on active service for about two years. The sympathy of everybody is with his wife and two little children, one of whom was born after his departure from England. Harold Jenkin was of a fine type; - gentle in manner, tolerant and always ready to do kindnesses, he was a very loyal colleague and will be greatly missed at the Post Office. Mr. Jenkin lost a son-in-law, Pte. Harold Loveridge, [1] also in Palestine, last year.

Page 2

ACKNOWLEDGMENT Mrs. Harold Jenkin and Mr. Philip Jenkin desire to return their heartfelt thanks to all friends who have conveyed expressions of sympathy to them in the death of Sapper Harold Jenkin, R.E.

The sad news was received by telegraph on Sunday morning of the death of Sapper Harold Philip Jenkin, of the Royal Engineers' Signal Service. Mrs. Jenkin received news that her husband was dangerously ill with malaria on November 1st at Alexandria, Egypt, and his death occurred on November 5th. He was serving in the Palestine Campaign. The late Mr. Jenkin was a member of the Ventnor Postal Staff, having been employed there for 16 years, and he was greatly respected by all his fellow workers. He leaves a wife and two young children to whom we extend our deepest sympathy, also to his father, Mr. P. Jenkin, the stationmaster of Ventnor.

[1] Harold Lisle Loveridge married, in 1909, Ethel Emily Jenkin.


Friday, November 22, 1918 Page 3

Ventnor District Council.
... The Council on the motion of the Chairman, passed votes of condolence with the relatives of Ptes. E. McGonnell, W. Scovell, A.A. Farrow, and Sapper Harold Jenkins. Letters acknowledging the Council's sympathy were read from the Rev. A.P. Clayton, Mrs. Smith, &c.
(not all the report has been transcribed)


Friday, November 29, 1918 Page 1

The current issue of the Poster and Telegraph Record contains the following paragraph:-
A gloom has been cast over the Ventnor office by the sad news of the death from malaria of Sapper H.P. Jenkin on November 5 at Alexandria, Egypt. Coming as it does with the glad news of peace, when we were anticipating the safe return of all our colleagues, it has been a great shock to us all. Harold was a loyal Associationist, and our worthy secretary for many years. He was a splendid type of man, a friend of every member of the staff, always ready to do a good turn or lend a helping hand. A loyal worker in every way. He leaves a sorrowing wife and two young children, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. He will be sorely missed, but we shall always remember that his great sacrifice for our cause has not been in vain.

Calendar entry for Will of Harold Jenkin

Calendar entry for Will of Harold Jenkin. Probate granted 5 March 1919.


Friday, December 1, 1922 Page 2

CHAMBERS-JENKIN. - On November 25th, at St. Catherine's Parish Church by the Rev. H. Nicholson, Florence Maud Jenkin to Albert Chambers.

Page 2

THE MARRIAGE took place at St. Catherine's Church last Saturday of Mr. Albert Chambers, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Chambers, Ventnor, and Mrs. Jenkin, widow of the late Harold Jenkin. The Rev. Harry Nicholson was the officiating minister.

Re-marriage of Mrs Jenkin

Marriage of his son :


Friday, October 25, 1940 Page 1

A wedding of considerable local interest was solemnised at St. Mark's Church, Ford, Plymouth, on Saturday last. The bridegroom was Leading Supply Assistant P. Jenkin, R.N., only son of the late Mr. H.P. Jenkin and Mrs. F.M. Chambers, of Kidlington, Gill's Cliff Road, Ventnor, and his bride was Miss Muriel E. Dowdell, W.R.N.S., third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dowdell, of Beacon Park, Plymouth. The Rev. George Cockerel officiated and Mr. Hanns was at the organ.
The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in her gown of ivory satin, with veil and headdress of white gardenias. She carried a bouquet of red roses.
Mrs. Nicholson, eldest sister of the bride, was matron of honour, and wore a turquoise dress with black accessories. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations.
C.P.O. Writer Nicholson was the best man.
The bride was presented with a silver horse-shoe by her little nephew, Brian Nicholson, upon leaving the church. Her other two sisters were present at the ceremony in the uniform of their Services.
The reception was held at the bride's home, over 50 guests being present. The honeymoon was spent at Ventnor. The bride travelled in a laurel dress with navy coat and accessories.
The happy couple were the recipients of many useful presents. They are making their home at Plymouth.
Many local people will join us in the wish that Mr. and Mrs. Jenkin will have every happiness in their married life. Mr. Jenkin, it will be remembered, was formerly in the employ of Messrs. Stiby and Elderfield at Ventnor. He joined the Navy four years ago, and we are pleased to note the excellent progress he is making in the Senior Service.

JENKIN-DOWDELL. - On October 19th, at St. Mark's Church, Plymouth, Kenneth P. Jenkin, R.N., only son of the late Mr. H.P. Jenkin and Mrs. F.M. Chambers, of Gill's Cliff Road, Ventnor, to Muriel E. Dowdell, W.R.N.S., third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dowdell, of Beacon Park, Plymouth.


Friday, December 11, 1942 Page 3

Ventnor and the War
After a period of suspense, news has been received as to the safety of Petty Officer Kenneth Jenkin, son of Mrs. Albert Chambers, of Ventnor. He was serving on a ship which was lost in the recent big landing in North Africa. Petty Officer Jenkin is now back in England and his many friends in Ventnor will be looking forward to seeing him if he can find time to visit the old town. He is a grandson of the late Mr. Philip Jenkin, who was for many years station master at Ventnor.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

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