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.


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.

Men Saved, Money Lost

Exactly fifty years after Carnatic was wrecked on Filey Brigg, the Yarmouth registered yawl Lina was run down by a German cargo vessel and sunk. The fishing boat’s crew had time to scramble into their small boat and were picked up by their nemesis, Jangard Linnemann. The collision happened in the early hours of the morning but after transfer to a home-bound Scarborough trawler, the rescued men were ashore by lunch-time and probably home in Filey for tea.

A newspaper report names only six crew, all from Filey; skipper Mortimer ‘Shaggy’CHAPMAN, Frank CAPPLEMAN, Thomas JENKINSON, William ROBINSON, and two boys, T. SCALES and R. JENKINSON.

Lina, built in 1880 on Cobholm Island and formerly a trawling ketch, was owned by Filey draper Newman CRAWFORD. Under questioning by a newspaper reporter, Newman admitted that the vessel had not been insured. He didn’t put a figure on his financial loss.

Lina has a page on the Looking at Filey Wiki.

A week after the sinking the Scarborough Mercury carried a brief report about the German cargo vessel, hinting that her owners might have to pay for the destruction of the yawl.


The German steamer Jangard Linnemann, which collided with and sank the Filey yawl Lina, off Scarborough on Friday, is now lying in Seaham docks. The vessel is practically under arrest, for a writ is nailed to her foremast, in connection with the claims made against her arising out of the collision. The captain declined to be seen by a Press representative on the subject of the charges of alleged callousness at the time of the disaster and on a newspaper being sent to him containing the complaints, said he did “not desire to reply to such nonsense.”

CRAWFORDnewman_1905_ad_sNewman CRAWFORD has the beginnings of a pedigree on FamilySearch Tree but is currently better connected to his forebears on Filey Genealogy. In this photograph, courtesy ‘anonymous donor’, he is about 44 years old.