Arthur Jenkins came from Newport, Monmouthshire, and lived at 1a Cleveland Street, Stourbridge. He attended Hill St. Council School, although his name is not recorded on the school memorial. He was a member of the St. Thomas's Bible Class and of the Stourbridge Swimming Club. By 1914 he was employed at the Durbar Engineering works and he volunteered at a rally held in Stourbridge Town Hall on the 14th August. He enlisted in the Worcester Territorials and joined the 1/7th Battalion. They crossed to France in the 48th Division on 31st March 1915 and were stationed at Ploegsteert near Armentičres until July. Then they moved to the former French sector on the Somme front near Hébuterne. Although this was a quiet area, there were still raids to be carried out and enemy shelling to be endured. Private Arthur Jenkins was seriously wounded and died on the 1st October. He was 23 years of age and is buried at Hébuterne Cemetery (I J 17). He is commemorated on the Stourbridge, St. Thomas's church and Methodist church Memorials.
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