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Arthur Jenkinson Sergeant 14633 - 8th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment Killed in action on Tuesday 28th September 1915, age 22. Buried in Pont-a-Vendin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Arthur Jenkinson was born on the 27th September 1893 at Befcote to Arthur Jenkinson from Rickerscote, aged 30, and (Mary) Ann nee Fox, born in Bromstead in 1859. In 1881 Mary Ann (who often drops the “Mary”) had been working as a servant at Eaton House, Penkridge, and Arthur as a porter at what looks like “G & S Vaults”. She and Arthur had married in 1888 and in 1891 they were living at Befcote, with Arthur working as an agricultural cowman. In 1901 the family were still at Befcote, Arthur senior working as “cattleman on farm”Arthur (jnr) and his two brothers (Jack and Harry) and one sister (Louisa Jane) were at school in Moreton. By 1911 Arthur junior was working as a farm labourer, and his father was a “cowman”. Arthur enlisted in Birmingham into the 8th Battalion of Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment, reg. no. 14633.  This was a Kitchener battalion, raised in Reading and trained on Salisbury plain, Arthur went to France on 17th August 1915. In his short time remaining, he became Corporal, then Lance-Sergeant. He was wounded at the Battle of Loos (“The Big Push”) on Tuesday 28th September 1915, age 22, and captured by the Germans. He died while in captivity and is buried in Pont-a- Vendin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (North East side of Cemetery. 6.). He was awarded the 1914-5 Star, Victory and British medals. “Ever remembered by father, mother, brothers and sisters. Rest in Peace.” - Mr A Jenkinson, Briar Cottage, Bromstead, Newport, Salop. The official notice states “Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jenkinson, of Briar Cottage, Bromstead, Newport, Salop. Born at Befcote, Gnosall, Staffs.” Historical Information There are now over 10, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.