Samuel (Bluey) JENKINS



Service Number: 2147
Enlisted: 14 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Jesmond, New South Wales, Australia, January 1897
Home Town: New Lambton, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: New Lambton Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: SW chest and right buttock , No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station, Poperinge, Belgium, 10 October 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXI, Row A, Grave 3, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2147, 31st Infantry Battalion
18 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2147, 31st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
18 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2147, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
9 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2147, 31st Infantry Battalion, Battle of Poelcapelle, SW chest and right buttock near Zonnebeke. DoW - 17th Casualty Clearing station

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

103 years ago today, on the 10th October 1917, Private Samuel Jenkins, (also known as Bluey), 31st Battalion (Reg No-2147), labourer from Lambton Road, New Lambton, New South Wales, died of wounds (9.15 P.M.) received during the Battle of Poelcappelle, Belgium, Passchendaele Campaign, age 19.

Born at Jesmond, New South Wales on the 18th December 1897 to Thomas (died 1924) and Annie (died 1934) Jenkins, Bluey enlisted September 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 7.12.1916 (not stated), and wounded in action - 9.10.1917 (SW chest and right), Mr Jenkins is resting at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot XXI Row A Grave 3. Photos of headstone courtesy of Mr Eddy Lin, Belgium.

Samuel’s name has been inscribed on the Lambton and New Lambton Roll of Honor, New Lambton War Memorial Gates (photos, unveiled on the 11th November 1916, 114 names now inscribed, New Lambton Public School Roll of Honour and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

Samuel has been memorialised at his parent’s gravesite. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) I SW. 69.

Younger brother James Abel (35th Battalion, Reg No-465, born 1896, died 1971  and served 1st A.I.F.

Lest We Forget.