Friday 8 January 2010

Private Robert Charles Harold Jenkins, MM

Born on 12 May 1895 in Oakwood, Ontario - son of Charles Jenkins, Little Britain, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Lindsay, Ontario; trade as barber; single; no current or previous military experience; Methodist; height of 5 feet 4.25 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 9 February 1916 (number 724747) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 4 November 1918 - invalided to England on 23 November 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 3 October 1918: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations in the vicinity Douai-Cambrai Road Sept 29th 1918. Recommended for Distinguished Conduct Medal."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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