Rowland Jenkinson


Private 6104, Northumberland Fusiliers

Died 25th September 1915 aged 21

No Known Grave Commemorated Loos Memorial, France

Husband of Ethel Jenkinson

Lived 37, High Street, Heckmondwike

Rowland was born in 1894 at Wombwell near Barnsley where his father was the Innkeeper at The Travellers Rest on Park Street in Wombwell. He was the fourth and last child of William Jenkinson and Eliza nee Dyson. They were married in July/Aug/Sep 1887 at Barnsley. Rowland’s older siblings were Elizabeth, born 1887, William born 1889 and Frederick Dyson born 1891, all born in Wombwell.

Sadly, Eliza Dyson died at the beginning of 1895 aged only 32 years, when Rowland was less than a year old, leaving William with four young children to raise alone. By 1901 he had moved to Heckmondwike and was living in Lobley Street with his new wife Elizabeth Ann and was working as a Lamp Cleaner in a colliery while his two youngest sons Frederick and Rowland were at home. The eldest son William had stayed in Rotherham with his maternal grandparents George and Maria Dyson. By 1911 Rowland was the only child left at home and the family were living in High Street, Heckmondwike. Rowland was working as a Miner and his father was a Navvy. Frederick had also returned to Wombwell. Fred later enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment (45755) and survived the war.

Rowland enlisted in Cleckheaton in late 1914 and was a Private (6104) in the Northumberland Fusiliers. He married Ethel Spencer on 28th August 1915 and sadly died less than a month later on 25th September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He has no known grave but his name is listed on the Loos Memorial on Panel 20-22. This memorial is situated in the Dud Corner Cemetery at Loos-en-Gohelle in Pas-de-Calais, France. His name is also on St. James’ and St. Saviour’s War Memorials. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory medal. His widow remarried Joseph Harrison Pearson after the war in 1919.{MA-078}

Rowland is remembered on the Derbyshire Hills website which can be accessed by using this link his details are on the second page.

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