Robert Ernest JENKINS

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JENKINS , Robert Ernest

Service Numbers: 2544, 2544A
Enlisted: 26 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1898
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, Passchendaele, Belgium, 13 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2544, 59th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2544, 59th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2544, 59th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
2 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 38th Infantry Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2544A, 38th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
13 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2544A, 38th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Originally enlisted as Robert Jennings 

Robert Ernest Jenkins is believed to have run away from home (aged c.18) to enlist in 1916, using the assumed surname of Jennings.

According to an eye witness statement in his Red Cross file, he was hit and killed by an enemy shell when advancing at Passchendaele Ridge on 13 October 1917.