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Dorkins, C

Ebblingham Military Cemetery

Ebblingham Military Cemetery, near Hazebrouck

Son of Edith Jane Dorkins, of 10, Union Court, Union St., St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, and the late Charles Dorkins.

Died of wounds, aged 19 years

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 25 June 1918

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 21 June 1918

Roll of Honour. Though many older in years and better able to serve their Country held back, Clarence Dorkins, son of Mrs Dorkins of Union Court, joined the Jersey Company in July 1915, he being then within a few days of his 16th birthday. Keen on doing his duty he would not be kept back by his lack of years and giving his age as 18 he proceeded to Ireland for training and before the close of that year was in France, where he has been practically ever since with the exception of two brief furloughs. A suggestion had been made that he should be transferred to England for home service until he reached the regulation age for service overseas, but he begged for this not to be done, he wished to see the thing through, but unfortunately has not been able to accomplish his desire for on Sunday the mother received a telegram stating that he had been admitted to the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station suffering from gun shot wounds to the head, later another telegram stated that the gallant young hero died from his injuries on Saturday last, not having reached his 19th birthday....

Commemorated on Halkett Place Primary School Memorial, Jersey

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Clarence Dorkins

Private Clarence Dorkins
2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

1914-15 Star

...The late Rifleman, who was an old pupil of La Motte Street School and was employed by Mr J F Vautier, was of the type of the majority of the gallant Jersey Company, they realised their duty to their Country and would not be held back, unfortunately their already sadly depleted numbers have suffered another loss. We feel sure our readers will join us in tendering the bereaved mother, who has another son serving in the East, our heartfelt sympathy.


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