Ten years later (with the exception of Nellie who was working as a nursemaid at
Walsingham Road, Aldrington), the family was still
at South Street. Martin Jenner was still working as a postman
and William is noted as a grocer’s assistant.
3rd August 1911 he married Winnifred Ellen (maiden name
unknown) and their first child, Olive Nellie, was born on 5th July 1915. On 24th June 1916 he was “deemed to have been enlisted” and
placed on the Army Reserve. A medical
six days later reported
that he had a poor physique, defective teeth, under-standard chest development
and a varicose vein in his right foot.
He was five feet, five inches tall, weighed 96 lbs and was considered
fit only for Garrison Service at home. Canterbury
On 30th January 1917 a second daughter – Margaret Daisy - was born and in April he was called up for service. On the 9th of that month he reported at
stating his address as Dover 9 Gower
Road, Haywards Heath and his trade as Grocer’s
Manager. He was given the army service
number 111031 and posted to Y Company of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was
given a series of vaccinations the same month but at the end of May was
admitted to a military hospital in Clipstone Camp with tonsillitis. He was discharged from hospital on 31st May
and on 29th September was posted to the RAMC in Blackpool.
On 30th November he left
en roué to No 77 reinforcements. He
would remain abroad for the next 25 months.
On arrival at Havre on 1st December he immediately embarked again, this
time for France ,
arriving there the following day and joining “Cyclists Base D”. On Rouen 7th December 1917 he was posted to No 39 Stationary
William was granted leave between 6th and
20th December 1918 and
again between 1st and 15th
June 1919. He was appointed
paid acting corporal on 3rd
June 1919 but on 25th October that year, on being posted to No 10
Stationary Hospital, St Orr Remy, reverted to his former rank of private.
On 6th December he was posted to No 7 Casualty Clearing Station at Vusians and fourteen days later, posted again, this time to No 41 Sanitary Section, RAMC.
He was medically examined on
7th January 1920 at Vuisans
and stated that he was not claiming a disability pension. He then proceeded to where
he was demobbed at Purfleet on England 7th
February 1920 and transferred to Class Z Reserve. His character was described as “very
good”. The address he gave on discharge
was 8 Gowers Road,
Haywards Heath. This could either be a
clerical error or signify a move form one address to the other.
William’s brother Charles Jenner also served his King and Country during the First World War.