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.
Two days after William BIGGINS was killed at Gravelines, another Filey man, Joseph ROBINSON, died in the retreat to Dunkirk. He was 20 years old, a Lance Corporal in the 5th Bn. The Green Howards.
It seems likely that Joseph was killed on the afternoon of 26 May, during the first hours of the Battle of the Ypres-Comines Canal. Most of those killed were buried where they fell but their bodies were exhumed in 1941 and laid finally to rest in Bus House Cemetery.
The Green Howards Museum website gives an account of the progress of four battalions to the coast between May 16 to June 2. The 4th and 5th were among the last units to be taken off the beaches.
Though Joseph was born in Filey, his parents were both incomers and the family representation on Filey Genealogy & Connections is minimal. (No pedigree on FamilySearch Tree yet.)
There is a family grave in the churchyard. I will update this post with a photograph of the headstone in a day or two.
In loving memory of a dear husband and father, JOSEPH WALTER ROBINSON, who died 24th June 1951, aged 72.
And his beloved wife, MARGARET FRANCES, who died 21st April 1955 aged 70.
Also of JOSEPH, son of the above, killed in action in Flanders 26th May 1940, aged 20.
‘In God’s keeping’
Today’s Image: A snap of the ultramarathon runners setting off for Helmsley.
Before the Great War began the wood may have had this exact shape – but probably a different mix of tree species. It was fought over in October 1914 by, amongst other regiments, the 2nd Worcesters. When they returned in September 1917 –
…the aspect of the scene at dawn was very different from what it had been three years before. The open fields had been beaten into a desolate expanse of boggy shell-holes. Such trees as still stood had been stripped and broken. On the skyline to the left, a mere stubble of bare tree trunks marked the site of Polygon Wood.
The Battle for the Wood “raged” throughout the day of the 26th and in the hours of dark the area was subject to an intense bombardment.
…as dawn broke at 5am the artillery of both sides suddenly ceased their fire. For some minutes all remained under cover, then, as the guns did not recommence, men
ventured cautiously from their defenses and gazed around in wonder. The intense bombardment of two days and nights had beaten the whole area into a different
appearance. Such landmarks as had existed beforehand had disappeared. The surface of the ground from Stirling Castle to Gheluvelt had been churned up afresh, the whole
landscape was even more desolate and repulsive than before.
The battle for Polygon Wood was effectively over. “Intermittent sniping alone
continued throughout the day of Thursday the 27th of September.”
Perhaps it was a sniper’s bullet that ended the life of Private Harold CRIMLISK of Filey, fighting with the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
Harold is buried at Cement House Cemetery, about 12 kilometers distant from where he fell. There is a small cemetery at Polygon Wood and this source offers a gallery of 14 photographs showing the difference a hundred years make.
Harold and some of his forebears may be found in Filey Genealogy & Connections and on the FamilySearch Tree. He also has a page on the Looking at Filey Wiki.