George Walter Jenden

Jul 16, 1892

Born in Kent, England


Jun 23, 1913

Shown on the payroll of the 46th Durham Regiment in “D” Company with the rank of Private


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59507 (temporary number 959)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. M. Smish, 102 Liverpool Buildings, Highbury N., London, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to the Transport Section

o   He was later transferred to the Machine Gun Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Mar 31, 1915

The Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Aug 12, 1916

While in the front line trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium on the Ypres Salient, Private Jenden received a shrapnel wound to his left arm and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for evaluation.  He was then transported to the No. 5 British Red Cross Hospital in Wimereux, France


Aug 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the War Hospital in Bradford where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 30, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital in Bushy Park, Epsom


Oct 2, 1916

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Oct 5, 1916

X-Ray shows 2 pieces of shrapnel remain in his arm and there is still pain in the arm


Oct 25, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Shoreham


Oct 27, 1916

Attached to the CRD (Canadian Reinforcing Depot) in Shoreham


Dec 4, 1916

Transferred to the 1st CCTB (Canadian Corps Training Battalion) in Shoreham


Dec 6, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Jan 5, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 78 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 19, 1917

After leaving the base depot, George Jenden joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Mar 5, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion Acting Lance Corporal Jenden rejoined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve in Bois des Alleux, France


Jun 30, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Aug 15, 1917

During heavy fighting at Hill 70, Private Jenden was killed in Chicory Trench when an enemy shell landed killing him and 9 others.  The men of the 21st had to withdraw and his body was never recovered from the battlefield, or if so, was never identified.  As such, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Jenden, 15, George St., Sparrows Green, Wadhurst, Sussex, England. His medals are shown below




He is also commemorated on the War Memorial in Millbrook, Ontario.  Note the incorrect spelling of his name


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