A chaplain’s fine and gallant work under fire

Although they took no part in the actual fighting, army chaplains were not always safe behind he lines. A brave Berkshire clergyman was honoured for helping tend to the wounded in the most dangerous of circumstances. Cyril Walford Osborne Jenkyn (1874-1933) was born in East Garston, where his father was the vicar, and in peacetime was the chaplain at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham. He was gassed during the war, and his death some years later was linked to this.


Another of our parishioners has been awarded the Military Cross for gallant conduct on the field of battle. A little while ago the Cross was awarded to Sec. Lieut. D.T. Cowan, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, of Upper Warren Avenue. It has now been given to Rev. C.W.O. Jenkyn, Army Chaplains’ Department, of Peppard Road.

“When one of the batteries was heavily shelled, he went at once under shell fire and assisted the medical officer with the wounded. On another occasion he did fine and gallant work under fire.”

Caversham parish magazine, October 1916 (D/P162/28A/7)

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