Jenkins, Garratt Primrose


He was the son of Major Adam Primrose Jenkins of Morestead Grove, Winchester. His mother was Maria Alys Jenkins, nee Garratt, of County Down, and brother of Edward Adam Primrose Jenkins (D 1923-1929). He entered the School from Horris Hill as an Exhibitioner. He reached Sixth Book in 1914, and the year after won the King’s Silver Medal for Latin Speech: he was also a leading member of the Shakespeare Society.

He left early to go to Woolwich (where he won the Tombs Memorial Scholarship) and went to France at the end of 1916. He served successively in a trench mortar battery (having what The Wykehamist described as a “lively time”), a field battery in the Guards Division and for six weeks on the staff, being eventually returned to his battery at his own request. In August 1917, he was slightly wounded in the eye. On two occasions he acted with conspicuous gallantry in assisting to extinguish fires which had broken out in ammunitions dumps. He was killed in his sleep, with six others, at Elverdinghe during the night of September 7th-8th, by a bomb dropped from an aeroplane.

In his obituary in the Wykehamist he was quoted “Winchester seems so far away, once you have left. Just a description of Southgate Street, as seen at this moment from Culver House door, would be far more acceptable than any novel out here.”

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Jenkins
  • Forenames or initials: Garratt Primrose
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1911-1915
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 30th November 1897
  • Date of Death: 7th September 1917
  • How Died: Killed by a bomb
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CANADA FARM CEMETERY: Grave III.B.9