Remembering Jenkinson Haxby

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record states that Jenkinson died on the 7th July 1916. His body was not recovered for burial and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial with 1,463 others. I’ve looked carefully down the list and he is the only casualty serving with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He is also remembered on the headstone of his grandparents, Matthew and Jane HAXBY in St Oswald’s churchyard but the inscription records his death on the 8th. Only 354 deaths are recorded on the Thiepval Memorial for that day but there are a number of men from the 2nd Bn Yorkshires. I haven’t been able to establish where Jenkinson was killed but after several days of little action in the Battle of Albert the attempt to capture Trônes Wood began on the 8th, so maybe that is where and when he fell with some of his brothers in arms.

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And their beloved grandson L/C JENKINSON HAXBY, 2nd Yorks. Regt., killed in action July 8th 1916, aged 23.

‘Wars bitter cost, a dear one missed.’

(On the Memorial Plaque in St Oswald’s, Jenkinson is among Filey men who died in 1917 and is recorded as serving with the West Yorkshire Regiment.)

I did some work today on his father’s birth family but not enough to put Jenkinson or his mother Elizabeth Ann JENKINSON on the FamilySearch Tree. Grandfather Matthew HAXBY 1834 – 1902.

An Old Sea Dog

I missed the anniversary of the death in 1916 of Edmund OUTRAM on the first day of this month. He is remembered in St Oswald’s churchyard and on the Thiepval Memorial. Edmund was one of the thousands killed in the first hours of the Battle of the Somme.

His father, Edmund Henry, is buried in Filey and is the only publicly acknowledged recipient of the Distinguished Service Order in the churchyard.

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The King bestowed the honour in August 1915 for service in the Royal Naval Reserve, as one of the captains of HMS Alsatian. The old sea dog’s progress around the North Atlantic can be followed in some detail here.

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Alsatian was an Allen Line passenger ship, requisitioned by the Government, and at war’s end, she returned to more lucrative duties with the Canadian Pacific Line. Edmund Henry had other connections to Canada. A very brief notice in the Leeds Mercury, 11 January 1937, said he was a member of the Canadian Constitution of Freemasons. Here, he was “well known in local golf circles”. Another report claims that he was the nephew of the Reverend George Sandford OUTRAM who is represented on FamilySearchTree. The family trio of Edmund, father and son, and Agnes is, however,  proving elusive. I will continue searching – it is the main aim of the churchyard project to put everyone buried or remembered at St Oswald’s on the World Tree.

Some years ago there was a flurry of interest in Outrams on an Ancestry board and one of the contributors uploaded a photograph of the Captain. He is proudly sporting his DSO medal so I guess the photo was taken in 1915 and therefore, I trust, in the public domain.

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