He enlisted in the Royal Navy at
on Portsmouth 8th August 1916
aged 15 years and five months. He was
five feet, two inches tall, had light brown hair, brown eyes and a fair
complexion. It was noted that he had a
birthmark on the outside of his left upper arm, a scar on the back of his right
hand and a small scar on the back of his left hand (in the middle). He gave his occupation as farm labourer, was
given the number J57705 the rating of
boy 2nd class and sent to the boys’ training establishment, HMS Ganges.
He wasn’t there long however before he was invalided out of the Navy (
14th February 1917) and
thus, at the grand old age of fifteen, Alec Jenner’s war duty for his King and
Country effectively ended.
Alec Jenner’s brother Christopher also served in the Royal Navy during the First World War.