World War 1

War Records 1914-18


Corporal Alexander Jack


CSM Alexander Jack


Private Kenneth Jack


Seaman Lewis Jack


Private Robert Jack


Sergeant William Jack


2/Lieutenant J T Jenkins

Surname J

Surname Forename Rank Home Relationship
Jack Alexander Corporal
later CSM
Rosemarkie Brothers 1
Jack Kenneth Farrier Rosemarkie  1
Jack Lewis Seaman Avoch  
Jack Robert Private Avoch  
Jack William Sergeant Avoch  
Jenkins J T 2/Lieutenant Burghead  

Date of Paper:  26.11.1915 and 07.12.1917
Surname: Jack
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Company Sergeant Major
Regiment::  Seaforths
Home Address:  Balmungie House, Rosemarkie

Very few, if any, of our citizen soldiers at the front have had the experience of 1342 Corporal Alick Jack, whose portrait appears above, and who is the son of Mrs Jack, High Street, Rosemarkie. Corporal Jack, who went out with the battalion to France from Bedford, was wounded at Neuve Chapelle, but made a good recovery, and returned to the trenches. He remained immune from injury until 17th October, when he received a wound on the left eye. Fortunately, it was not severe, and he was able to rejoin his regiment in a few days. On the 25th October, however, he was again wounded, this time on the left hand. Corporal Jack, who is 21 years of age, joined the 4th Seaforths in 1912, and at the time of mobilisation was employed as a blacksmith with Mr Kenneth Mackenzie, agricultural engineer, Evanton.

[07.12.1917]
Widespread regret was felt over the death in action on September 20th of Coy. Sergt.-Major Alexander Jack, Seaforths, aged 23, eldest son of Mrs Jack, Balmungie House, Rosemarkie. Coy. Sgt.-Major Jack went to France in November 1914 and had gone through some very severe fighting. He had been three times wounded in different engagements. Time-expired, he received leave on May 24th, and returned to France again on 29th June, where, it has been truly said, he was faithful to duty with his battalion. The following letter has been received by his mother from Lieut. John Davidson: "Dear Mrs Jack - In the sad bereavement which overshadows your home at this time I extend to you my deepest sympathy. You have lost a son and we a soldier whose bravery and keenness all admired and even envied. Sergt. Jack was one of the most highly respected of N.C.Os in this battalion, and one of the few remaining who linked the tradition and pride of the original members with those of today. On the morning of the attack we went forward together, and none knows better than I of the work that he did as once again we struck at those who would suppress our most sacred principles. It was while consolidating the ground won that your son was hit. His death was sudden and painless, and occurred just as our task was done. Officers, N.C.Os and men join me in the expression of our deepest sympathy to you and your sorrowing family."
Previous to war Coy. Sgt.-Major Jack (whose photo appears today) was engaged as a blacksmith with Mr K Mackenzie, Evanton, where he had served his apprenticeship.
A younger brother, Farrier Kenneth Jack, is serving with the Colours in France.

Date of Paper:  26.11.1915 and 07.12.1917
Surname:  Jack
First Name(s):  Kenneth
Rank:  Farrier
Regiment:   Not stated
Home Address:  Balmungie House, Rosemarkie


Date of Paper:  08.06.1917
Surname:  Jack
First Name(s):  Lewis
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy
Home Address:  6, James Street, Avoch.

Seaman Lewis Jack is the third son of Mr and Mrs Lewis Jack, 6 James Street, Avoch, and took part in the Antwerp attack, afterwards finding refuge on Dutch soil. The above portrait was taken at Groningen.
His two elder brothers have been with the Black Watch on active service for two years, and his youngest brother in the Navy, having seen service abroad.

Date of Paper:  03.05.1918
Surname:  Jack
First Name(s):  Robert
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Annaville, Henrietta Street, Avoch.

As reported last week, Pte. Robert Jack, Ross-shire Seaforths, son of Mrs George Jack, Annaville, Henrietta Street, Avoch, was wounded in the great offensive. A photo appears to-day. In a letter written by a Canadian chaplain to the mother it is reported that Pte. Jack was wounded on the right leg, and that the leg had been amputated below the knee. "No need to worry, cheerio!" is this gallant soldier's message to his mother.
Private Jack is now in his 22nd year, and served his apprenticeship as a gardener in Rosehaugh Gardens, but was on war service at a naval base prior to his enlistment in November, 1915, in the County Territorials. He went to France in April, when he was drafted into the Regular Seaforths, and eighteen months afterwards returned to Aldershot. He was home on furlough during the summer, and again proceeded to France on New Year's Day.

Date of Paper:  10.10.1918
Surname  Jack
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Machine Gun Corps
Home Address:  49, Henrietta St, Avoch.

AVOCH MACHINE GUNNER'S GRIEVOUS WOUNDS
No. 123869 Acting Lance-Sergt. William Jack, Machine Gun Corps, was severely wounded on August 28th, 1918. His right foot was blown off and he also received injuries in the head, arm, and thigh. He is at present in a hospital in France, where a chaplain in attendance saw him and sent home twice reports of his condition, which was being borne with manly patience. Lce-Sergt. Jack is in his 23rd year. He mobilised in August, 1914, with the Royal Naval Reserve but was discharged at the end of 1915, and early in 1917 he enlisted into the M.G.C. Battalion, and was in some trying contests on the Western Front. He is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Alex Jack, 49 Henrietta St, Avoch.
A photograph appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  26.10.1917
Surname:  Jenkins
First Name(s):  James T.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Burghead

To-day there is reproduced the photograph of 2/Lieut. J. T. Jenkins, Seaforths, who, as already reported, was killed in the great advance of 20th September, 1917, while leading his platoon against the German lines. The deceased officer, as a Territorial, was well-known in the Reserve Battalion in England, and was very closely associated in the field and otherwise with the Ross-shires, and his death is sincerely mourned while deep sympathy goes out to his aged father, ex-Provost Jenkins, Burghead. 2/Lieut. James T. Jenkins was a partner in the well-known herring curing firm of Thomas Jenkins, Aberdeen, and elsewhere. At an early age he entered the Aberdeen University, and in due time graduated M.A. During his University course he was well-known in golfing circles, and for some time was secretary to the University Golf Club. Later on he was for a considerable time captain of the Burghead Golf Club, and was also well-known in golfing circles in Morayshire. He was trained in the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps, and ultimately got his commission in the Seaforths. He was in France about five months before his death. He was twice wounded on the morning of the 20th September, and was later on killed by a shell when making his way to the field dressing station. Lieut Jenkins was 30 years old, and unmarried.

A Private's Tribute
Pte. Dane Anderson, Wick, batman to the late Lt. Jenkins, in a letter to Captain Paterson, harbourmaster, says: "I regret very much to tell you that I have lost my best friend and officer, Lieut Jenkins, the curer from Burghead. I was along with him when we went over. Five minutes before we made the start he was wounded in the hand and when only sixty yards ahead, when leading his company forward, he was again wounded in the left wrist. I lost touch with him, and as duty called I rushed forward to help my 'pals' to beat the Germans, which we did and gave it to them heavy; very likely you have seen about it in the papers. After all our objectives had been taken and held, I went back to look for Lieut. Jenkins, but was unsuccessful, and not until our Captain gave me permission to go back to our starting point did I come across him. I fairly burst out in tears to think that brave Jenkins had to make the supreme sacrifice. He was going back to the dressing station when he got killed by a shell bursting close by him: he was killed by the concussion, and his elbow was shattered. He was one of the best - a hero and a gentleman. I saw my officer carried away, and I have a note of his grave and the place where he sleeps his last sleep."

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