Captain Andrew Jenkins

Captain Andrew Hunter Jenkins, Royal Naval Reserve. He died on Service on the 29th May 1917 aged 45. He had been born in Glasgow was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret Jenkins and the husband of Herriott Jenkins of Burnlea, Coldingham. ( His father  had been Chief Constable of Dunbartonshire and had retired to Coldingham ).He is buried in Coldingham Prior Churchyard. He had come to Coldingham in about 1885 with his father and had first gone to sea in 1886 aged 15. He obtained his Master’s ticket aged just 21 and joined the Prince Line of Newcastle becoming a Captain in 1906. He was awarded a Commission in the R.N.R. in December 1916  in recognition of his actions during a submarine attack on his ship ” Japanese Prince” The ship was later sunk in February 1917 but the crew were rescued. He was then given command of the ” Eastern Prince” but on arriving in Philadelphia, U.S.A. he died from apoplexy. His body was returned home for burial in Coldingham.

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