Christopher Thomas Jenkinson (1884-1915)

A walk through Crookes Cemetery (Sheffield) on a winters day is usually an "invigorating experience." But Friday 16th February 2018 was a cold but calm day. Just at the side of one of the paths I came across the grave of ETHEL JENKINSON. On the weathered headstone was the inscription

Photograph taken 16th February 2018 - the grave to the front of ETHEL'S is that of her parents  R.F. & M.A. LAWTON

Photograph taken 16th February 2018


Given the interesting inscription I decided to conduct some research on the people mentioned. The only person actually buried in the grave is ETHEL JENKINSON. This is the burial record for Ethel who died at the young age of 28.

JENKINSON, Ethel (Wife of Edwin, age 28). Died at Royal Hospital; Buried on February 19, 1915 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 4081, Section HH of Crookes Cemetery, Sheffield.

The "dear brother Corporal C. Jenkinson" mentioned on the memorial was 

Service Number 17644
Died 30/09/1915
Aged 21
1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment
Son of George and Agnes Jenkinson of Giggleswick.

Main  CPGW Record
Forename(s): Christopher Thomas
Place of Birth: Giggleswick, Yorkshire
Service No: 17644
Rank: L/Corporal Regiment / Corps / Service: York & Lancaster Regiment Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion Division: 28th Division
Age: 21 Date of Death: 1915-09-30
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 105 and 106 CWGC Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL 

Armed with the information from the CWGC Memorial I located the JENKINSON family in the 1901 Census living in the Black Bull Hotel in Giggleswick. ETHEL's husband was EDWIN and he was  CHRISTOPHER THOMAS'S elder brother. ETHEL was his sister in law

Edwin although only 17 was a national school teacher. He was still in the profession ten years later when he was described as an "elementary school teacher." He married his wife ETHEL two years earlier in 1909and they had a son that year.  There is a record of the marriage

JENKINSON, Edwin (Bachelor, age 25, Teacher, residing at 53 Havelock Square). Married Ethel LAWTON, on February 13, 1909, by Robert Newton Dewe (Licence) at St Philips Church, Shalesmoor. Father's name is George Jenkinson (Farmer). Married in the presence of Percival Lawton,Marion Lawton. Notes: ~.Page No: 187 Reg No: 374

and the baptism

JENKINSON, Reginald George Lawton (of 5 Mona Rd, born 1909-06-26). Baptised July 18, 1909, by ~ at St Mary, Walkley. Parents name(s) are Ethel & Edwin (Teacher). Note: ~ Godparents: ~ :Page No 173 :Reg No ~


This local connection would explain why Christopher's name appeared on the memorial. I placed a few search terms in a search engine to see if I could find out any more information relating to Christopher and was delighted to find the following. It is from an excellent website Craven's Part in the Great War and details his life and his tragic death at Loos. He is remembered on CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 105 and 106 CWGC Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL. But from the information in the paper he was actually buried in front of the village of Haisnes after being fatally wounded in the head and side. Like many thousands before and after his final resting place has been lost to posterity


Christopher Thomas Jenkinson was the son of George and Agnes Jenkinson, née Clarke. George was born at Giggleswick, Yorkshire and Agnes at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland.

1901 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Black Horse Hotel - Christopher Jenkinson, aged 7 years, born Giggleswick, son of George and Agnes Jenkinson.

1911 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Black Horse Hotel - Christopher Jenkinson, aged 17 years, born Giggleswick, son of George and Agnes Jenkinson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl C.T. Jenkinson, 17644, York and Lancaster Regiment. Theate of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therin: 26 May 1915.
Data Source: Cravens Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
JENKINSON, Corporal C.T., aged 21, Yorks and Lancs. Regiment, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Jenkinson of the Black Horse Hotel, Giggleswick, killed in action 1915.

Name: Christopher Thomas Jenkinson
Birth Place: Giggleswick, Skipton
Residence: Giggleswick
Death Date: 30 Sep 1915 Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Sheffield 
Rank: L Corporal Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment Battalion: 1st Battalion Regimental Number: 17644 Type of Casualty: Killed in action Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard - 23 July 1915

Corporal C.T. Jenkinson, youngest son of Geo. Jenkinson, Black Horse Hotel, Giggleswick, who has been several weeks on active service in Flanders, with the York and Lancaster Regiment, has been selected for promotion to commissioned rank, and is now undergoing a training course, at a Cadet School somewhere in France.

When the war broke out he was undergoing a two years’ course of training at the Sheffield Teachers’ Training College; but he (and all other eligible students) answered his country’s call, sacrificing the two remaining terms of the course at that College and joined the York and Lancaster Regiment. He had been training at South Shields, and later at Sunderland before proceeding to Flanders. He is an ‘old boy’ of the Giggleswick Grammar School.

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard 22 October 1915


Although no official intimation has been received from the War Office with regard to the death of Corporal Christopher Thomas Jenkinson, it is, we fear, only too true that he was wounded whilst leading his section into action and later died of those wounds. Very conflicting reports have been received from companions of the deceased, but the Quarter-Master of the Regiment, in writing to the Vicar of Giggleswick (Rev. T. P. Brocklehurst), says that he has made exhaustive enquiries, and that Jenkinson was hit in the head and later in the side, and became unconscious immediately, dying an hour later. He was last seen alive at Hulluch, near the Quarries. He has been buried in front of the village of Haisnes.

Thus a very promising career has been cut off. Corp. Jenkinson  joined the York and Lancaster Regiment last Christmas. He was the head prefect at the Sheffield Training College, sports champion, editor of the College Magazine, and a popular fellow in every way. He was one of 21 out of a class of 30 who volunteered for military service, probably feeling that his example as head of his year would have no little effect on the enlistment of his fellow students. Under ordinary circumstances he would have finished his college career last July. He was previously educated at Giggleswick Grammar School and earned distinction in the Cambridge Senior Locals, being fourth in England on the Honours List and top man in German. He had, whilst in training, been recommended for a commission, which, but for this misfortune, would undoubtedly have been his reward for services well rendered. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Jenkinson, of the Black Horse Hotel, Giggleswick to whom, and their family, much sympathy is extended. Corporal Jenkinson was 21 years of age.

Special reference was made to the deceased at the Parish Church on Sunday last, and the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played at the close of the services.

A year later, this "In Memorium" appeared in the same paper 

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard 29 September 1916

JENKINSON – In loving memory of Corpl. Chris Jenkinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Jenkinson, Giggleswick, who was killed in action on September 29th, 1915.

From Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

As a postscript, Christopher's father GEORGE JENKINSON passed away four years later

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard - 20 October 1920
Death of Mr. George Jenkinson.– Widespread regret was experienced in the district when it became known that Mr. George Jenkinson had passed away at a Nursing Home in Leeds on Monday morning at the age of 68 years. He had been in failing health for some time, and went to Leeds to undergo an operation which though successful was followed by complications. Deceased for over thirty years was licensee of the Black Horse Hotel, Giggleswick and all his life he had been a farmer. He leaves a widow, five sons and two daughters, one son, Christopher, having fallen in the war. Mr. Jenkinson held several public offices, being a member of “the twenty-four” of Giggleswick Parish Church, and for a great many years overseer of the poor for Giggleswick.

GEORGE was buried in St Alkelda's Churchyard, Giggleswick and on the weathered memorial his son CHRISTOPHER is remembered. 

As for EDWIN he was a widower with a one year old child to look after

He joined up on May 1916 and a year later the particulars on his enlistment form were altered - EDWIN had remarried in July 1917

Name: Edwin Jenkinson
Gender: Male
Birth Date: abt 1884
Enlistment Age: 32
Marriage Date: 14 Jul 1917
Marriage Place: Norwood Chapel West Derby
Document Year: 1916
Residence Place: 5 Mona Rd, Sheffield
Regimental Number: 39449
Regiment Name: Batt Wry Reg
Number of Images: 14
Form Title: Short Service Attestation


The couple still lived at 5 Mona Road Crookes Sheffield.

Edwin died in Garston Hospital Liverpool on New Years Day 1963 - from the probate record it looks as though his son REGINALD GEORGE LAWTON JENKINSON followed his father into the teaching profession. The MAJORIE FAY JENNINGS is Edwin's daughter from his second marriage to ADA. She married a GEORGE BREARLEY JENNNINGS in Sheffield in 1950 but at the time of George's death on 16 Aug 1992 they were living at 1 Patterdale Drive, Rawcliffe, Yorkshire, England. MARJORIE Died in 2007 

I believe Edwin's second wife died in Sheffield in the March quarter of 1949

Deaths Mar 1949  Jenkinson Ada M Age 59 Sheffield Volume 2d Page 440 

His son by his first marriage REGINALD GEORGE LAWTON JENKINSON died in Hayling Island Hampshire in 1976 


If anyone can supply me with any further information please contact me


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