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Jenkins, Richard Borlase (1896-1916)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Richard Borlase Jenkins (1896-1916), born 21 August 1896 at Bishopston near Swansea. Elder son of Charles Griffiths Jenkins (1869-1947) (attended Sherborne School 1883-1888), solicitor, and Maud Ethel Jenkins (née Ayres), of Oakley, Teignmouth, Devon, formerly of Gorse Cottage, Caswell Bay, Mumbles, Glamorgan. Brother of Lettice Mary Jenkins, Hugh Griffith Jenkins (1904-), Kathleen Maud Jenkins, Barbara Eliza Jenkins.


Attended Llanyre Hall Preparatory School, Llandrindod Wells.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) April 1910-September 1914; 1st XV rugby football team 1912, 1913.


Characters of the Sherborne XV, 1912-1913:

R.B. Jenkins. Strong and fairly fast, he might develop into a scoring wing three-quarter. He must learn to keep his head, hand off, and get up his pace more quickly. By no means a safe tackler at present.

Characters of the Sherborne XV, 1913-1914:

R.B. Jenkins. Played wing to his Captain, where his strength and dash, combined with very fair pace, made him always formidable. With quicker grasp of a situation, he should make a dangerous and scoring centre. A good kick.


Was intended for the engineering profession.


WW1, Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion (24th Foot), the 6th South Wales Borderers. 19 September 1914, gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to 6th South Wales Borderers. 31 December 1914, entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst (Under Officer of G Company and played in the RMC XV). 16 June 1915, gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to 2nd South Wales Borderers, attached to Royal Flying Corps. Trained as pilot at Farnborough and Upavon and on 5 August 1915 was awarded the Royal Aero Club Aviator Certificate at Military School, Farnborough. In September 1915, he was gazetted Flying Officer. 19 December 1915, he joined No.9 Squadron in France.


Died on 18 January 1916 at a Casualty Clearing Station in France of wounds received in action in a fight with a German Fokker plane as he was returning from bombing a German depot. Being unarmed at the time, he was making for home, his plane was hit in every part but the engine, he himself being struck on the side of the head. He made a perfect landing on his return, and appeared only slightly wounded, but died a few hours after of a haemorrhage of the brain.


Commemorated at:

Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, VIII. E. 2,%20RI...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.

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