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Jenkins, Trevor Llewellyn

T.L. Jenkins was named on the Oddfellows Memorial Tablet, but I cannot find anything on the Flintshire WW1 Index Cards, neither “Fallen” nor “Living”.    I have added his name to my list of Miscellaneous Soldiers who are not mentioned on any local Memorial, but who I have found whilst doing my research.

The Oddfellows Memorial is the only place he is mentioned, so he must have lived locally for a while at least, enough time to become a member and have his name remembered and honoured.     Any help would be gratefully received.

Oddfellows Memorial Tablet – Wepre Lodge.

In the Mold, Deeside & Buckley Leader dated 3rd October 1924, a list of the members were honoured:- Connah’s Quay Memorial Tablet.   To Wepre Lodge Fallen Oddfellows.

The Saturday preceeding 3rd October 1924, the Tablet was unveiled by the Vicar of Shotton, J.J.J. ROBINSON. – T.L. JENKINS’s name was among those honoured

However on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website there is only one T.L. JENKINS i.e.  Trevor Llewelyn JENKINS who died on the 10th August 1915, is this the right soldier?    Any help would be gratefully received.

I am telling his story as there is a good possibility that he is the right one as on the 1911 census he was a shoeing blacksmith and they were very much in demand and needed in the Army, but also the fact that he was working in metal may have drawn him to the area, to John Summers & Sons at Hawarden Bridge Steelworks perhaps.

Trevor Llewelyn Jenkins was born circa 1890 in Newtown, Montgomeryshire to Edwin & Sarah Jenkins, they were living at 15, Old Church Street, Newtown, Montgomeryshire, where all the family had been born, on the 1891 census.  Edwin, 36 was a Tailor, his wife Sarah was 32.   They had 5 sons, Edwin, 11, Ernest, 8, Charles W., 7, Archibald, 5 and Trevor, 1 .   There was a boarder, Anne Thomas, 78, who was a Bobbin Winder (Wool).

Edwin Jenkins and Sara Maria Owen had married in Llanllwchaiarn, Powys –Llandrindod Wells in 1878 (CN08/2/85).

The 1901 census sees the family at the same address, and son Edwin was missing.   Edwin, 46, was a Tailor working at home on his own account and wife Sarah, was now 42.   Ernest, 17 was a Carter in Oil, Charles W. 16, was formerly a Fitter’s Apprentice, Archibald, 14 was a Store/Cutter Apprentice and Trevor, 10 was probably at school, although the census didn’t say.

By the 1911 census Trevor had moved from home and living at 19, Pepper Street, Whitchurch, Salop.   In the household of Thomas, 57 & Mary Clay, 54, 2 sons and 3 daughters (Thomas was a Blacksmith, married 35 years, 12 children born, 1 died) all born Prees, Shropshire, was Trevor JENKINS, Assistant, 20 Single and a Blacksmith (Shoeing) born Newtown, Mont.   There was a servant Annie Shone, 13 and a visitor, Anner Blake, 46 and single.

Trevor Llewellyn Jenkins in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father Edwin who was paid £7. 0s 2d on the 27th April 1917 and his War Gratuity of £ £3. 10s 0d on the 3rd July 1919.  His death was “On or since 10th August 1915.”    This was a few days after the battles on or about the 8th August, when Trevor Llewelyn had actually arrived.   Had he gone missing then?   1/7th (Merioneth & Montgomery) Battalion – August 1914 : in Newtown.   Record same as 1/5th Bn. 24 June 1918 : transferred to 160th Brigade in same Division.

Trevor Llewelyn Jenkins in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms the regimental details above, and tells us that he was born and enlisted in Newtown, Mongomeryshire.

Trevor L Jenkins in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tell us that his first Theatre of War was 8th August 1915 and resumed dead on the 10th August 1915.- 2 days later.   Bless him.

Can anyone tell us of any connection to Deeside, as he must have been here at some point for him to be remembered on the Oddfellows Memorial in 1924.


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