Series 001 - Archie Nathaniel Jenks

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Archie Nathaniel Jenks

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    CA ETRC P206-001

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    • 1907-1920 (Creation)

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    0.05 l.m. of textual records.

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    Archie Nathaniel Jenks was born the 14 October 1889 in Coaticook, the second youngest son of Leslie Hall Jenks and Nancy Cushing. Archie studied at Coaticook Academy, at McMaster University in Toronto beginning in the fall of 1910, and at McGill College in Montreal beginning in the fall of 1912. While still a dental student at McGill, Archie enlisted during World War I with the 13th Battalion of Royal Horse Guards, C.E.F. in 1915 where he served as a medical officer. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in March 1917, scoring seven victories as an observer and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Archie was found temporarily unfit for active service in 1917 following an injury he sustained when his airplane was shot down by Germans and returned to Canada as an aviation instructor. He was honourably discharged in 1918 and, after finishing his studies, went on to have a dentistry practice in Montreal. He married Elizabeth McKim (1892-1980) and together they had one child, Anson N. Jenks (1929-1931). Archie committed suicide on the 29 July 1938, after shooting his wife. He is buried at the Mount Forest Cemetery in Coaticook.

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    The series contains primary source information on the life and military career of Archie N. Jenks from 1907 to 1919. It consists mainly of a dairy and correspondence. The series is comprised of the following files: Diary (1907-1911) and Military Career (1910-1919), War diary transcripts (1916-1920).

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        The documents are in English.

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        Researchers interested in Archie Nathaniel Jenks may also wish to consult two portrait photographs of Archie, held with the Notman Photographic Archives at the McCord Stewart Museum in Montreal.

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