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Jeakins, John Whitehead, Montreal, Quebec. Occupation: teacher. Medals/Honours: Military Medal (MM), Croix de Guerre. Military Service: Private, Sergeant, Lieutenant, [later Major], McGill 230, 2nd University Co., PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “L.C. Jeakins military medal,” 3:29 July ’16; “On way met Lt. Jenkens [Jeakins], Lt. [A.E.] Potts and a 2 coy. Officer – I forget his name,” 7:18 Dec ’18. According to Hodder-Williams, 81, Lt. Jeakins was wounded on 2 June 1916 and 8 August 1918. He was struck off strength on 20 March 1919.
Additional Biographical Information
Maj. John Whitehead Jeakins, Military Medal, a teacher and son of a clergyman, had graduated with a B.A. (1913) from McGill University. He enlisted 21 June 1915 with the 2nd University Company and served with distinction in World War 1. Private Jeakins received the Military Medal at the Battle of Sanctuary Wood, when he took “charge of a party holding a bombing post and prevented the Germans entering that part of the Apex trench line.” He eventually rose in rank to Major. See R.C. Fetherstonehaugh, McGill University at War, 19, 127, 396, and Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 94.