Sub Conductor Gordon Eaton Jenkins


Unit : Headquarters RAOC, 1st Airborne Division

Army No. : 7650398

Awards : Member of the British Empire


Sub Conductor Jenkins first came to this Division as a Corporal in December 1941, later becoming [D.O.W.O?] in May 1943 and Chief Clerk to Assistant Director of Ordnance Services in January 1944, which position he has held to this date.


During this period the Division has mobilised three times and that each mobilisation has been successful has been largely due to the close and arduous attention which Sub Conductor Jenkins has given to the very specialised Ordnance Airborne equipment.


He was with the Division at Arnhem, eventually returning as an evader some six weeks after the operation finished, thereby setting a fine example in the resurrecting of the Division after that operation.


On 9th May 1945, 1st Airborne Division commenced to fly in to Norway at extremely short notice to operate as Norway Command for the administration of the whole country. Sub Conductor Jenkins as Ordnance Chief Clerk at Norway Command had, with a very limited staff indeed, a tremendous amount of work and thinking to do to assist in the immediate problem of laying on Ordnance Services from Great Britain and the controlling of captured enemy ordnance stores in six zones or districts varying in distance from Oslo between 50 miles and 1,000 miles with road communications impossible at that time of year. His shrewd thinking and imperturbable method of approach to every problem were of the greatest value, enabling greater results to be obtained than could otherwise have been hoped for with the very limited staffs available till the main parties arrived.


During his whole time with the Division he has always been a great asset to those he worked for, and for those who worked for him, his natural qualities of leadership and devotion to duty have invariably been responsible for increased efficiency.


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