Jenks, John Edward (John)
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Died of wounds on Tuesday 4 July 1916 (aged 35)
Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France (Grave I. A. 28)
Larne War Memorial
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque
Hayward family grave headstone in Carnmoney Main Cemetery
In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Captain John Edward Jenks was a son of the late John Jenks VS and Annie Jenks of Larne Harbour, Larne, Co Antrim and the husband of Gladys Jenks of Moyle, Larne Harbour, Co Antrim.
Captain John Edward Jenks’s connection with North Down is that he is commemorated on the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque.
John Edward Jenks was born on 14 December 1880 at 3 Alfred Street, Cork and he was a son of John and Annie Louisa Jenks (nee Beyer). Annie Louisa Beyer was born in England).
John Jenks was a veterinary surgeon and he and Annie had at least five children:
Patrick (born 31 July 1877 in Ballina)
Ernest Northfield (born 14 August 1878 in Dillon Terrace, Ballina)
John Edward (born 14 December 1880 at 3 Alfred Street, Cork)
Louisa Frances (born 10 July 1883 at 3 Alfred Street, Cork)
Charles Heaton (born 23 April 1885 at 3 Alfred Street, Cork)
In 1901 both John and Charles described their occupations as ‘Mercantile Clerk Shipping’.
John Jenks Senior died of pneumonia in Larne on 5 February 1895 (aged 69) and Annie Louise Jenks died of stomach cancer in Larne on 9 February 1909 (aged 59).
John Edward Jenks and Gladys Ivy Hayward (born in England) were married on 4 April 1907 in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Church Jordanstown. John Edward Jenks (aged 26) was a shipping clerk at Larne Harbour. Gladys Ivy Hayward (aged 24) from Jordanstown was a daughter of Walter Scott Hayward, a manufacturer.
In 1911 John Edward Jenks described his occupation as a ship owner.
John Edward Jenks was a member of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Holywood.
John and Gladys Jenks lived in Bay Road, Larne and they had at least three children:
Thomas Jack (born 10.00am 20 March 1910 in Moyle, Larne)
Gladys (born 2.00pm 20 March 1910 in Moyle, Larne)
John Edward (born 26 August 1912)
During the First World War John Edward Jenks served as a Captain with the 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles and he was 35 when he died of wounds on 4 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.
Captain John Edward Jenks was buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery which contains more than 1,760 First World War burials many of whom died of wounds in Casualty Clearing Stations located in the village of Puchevillers (about 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens). There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
UN BON EPOUX
ET UN TENDRE PERE
[This means: A good husband; a tender father; Gladys Jenks; his widow]
Captain John Edward Jenks is commemorated on Larne War Memorial; on the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque and on the Hayward family grave headstone in Carnmoney Main Cemetery (Section D), Carnmoney, Co Antrim:
In loving remembrance of WALTER SCOTT HAYWARD buried at sea 15th August 1910 aged 54 years, also his wife LOUISE died 19th December 1932 aged 72 years and his brother JAMES died 5th May 1906 and his son-in-law Capt. JOHN EDWARD JENKS 12th Battalion R I Rifles killed in action on the Somme 1stJuly 1916