Edmund William Jenyns
Service numbers 349 and 7180

On the same night and during the same battle that his brother was killed, Edmund Jenyns was seriously wounded in action, suffering gunshots to the head, forearm and thigh.

Edmund was with the 26th Battalion – fighting alongside the 25th Battalion in which his brother, Joshua (Ern) Jenyns, was serving – during the first major battle at Pozieres on July 29, 1916.

The two brothers from Tamborine Mountain were among the 23,000 Australians killed or wounded in the costly battle for Pozieres in the Somme Valley between July 28 and August 7, 1916.

For his “distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty” during that battle, Edmund Jenyns was awarded a Mentioned in Dispatches by General Haig in January 1917.

It was perhaps in this devotion to duty that Edmund twice enlisted in the AIF – the second time after he had been discharged from the army after the wounds he had sustained at Pozieres.

Edmund was born at Beaudesert in October of 1892 and first enlisted in Brisbane on April 14, 1915, stating his occupation as carpenter.

He was posted to the newly-raised 26th Battalion at Enoggera as a Sergeant of B Company, and left Australia as part of the 7th Brigade in July.

After training in Egypt, Edmund and his comrades arrived at Gallipoli on September 12 as reinforcements for the troops which had landed in April.

Following their withdrawal from the Gallipoli peninsula in December, the 26th Battalion headed to France, arriving in March 1916.

Edmund was wounded in action with a bullet to the arm at Armentieres on May 4, but after Pozieres was sent back to England in August to recover in hospital.

On February 22, 1917, Edmund returned to Australia on the HS Karoola and was discharged from the Army on May 29.

“Edmund twice enlisted in the AIF.”

Seriously wounded in action the night his brother was killed.

However, by the end of 1917, he had recovered from his injuries and re-enlisted at Darlinghurst, New South Wales on December 21.

Edmund was posted to the 26th Battalion’s 20th reinforcements and, with a new service number, embarked for England on March 2, 1918, arriving in mid-May.

For the second time, on October 4, 1918, Edmund was posted to France – with his original 26th Battalion.

He returned to England in late October and in early 1919 was promoted from Sergeant to Second Lieutenant. He was made a First Lieutenant in early April.

After his own odyssey, it was perhaps fitting that Edmund embarked for Australia on July 22 aboard the Ulysses.

Four-and-a-half years after first enlisting, Edmund was discharged on September 29, 1919.


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