Sidcup Rotary Club

District 1120   RI Club No 19449

Founded 1935

Tony Jenkins 1920 - 2008

Past President Tony Jenkins died peacefully at home in January 2008 after some months of deteriorating health. He was 87.

Tony joined the Rotary Club of Sidcup in 1976, was a good attendee and a conscientious committee man. He was proud to be our President in 1992/3 and distinguished himself by being probably the only member of our club who ever took the trouble to address meetings of our contact clubs in Kungsbacka and Delft in their own language.

Our overseas friends were immensely touched by Tony’s linguistic efforts and took him to their hearts. As a token of their regard, The Rotary Club of Kungsbacka made him an Honorary Member. The many letters of condolence received from members of both clubs are further testament to their affection for him.

All his life Tony was a keen walker, and was instrumental in starting the Rotary walking weekends in 1980. He celebrated his 75th birthday in 1995 on a particularly tough walk in the Peak District, and last joined the walkers in the Isle of Wight in the autumn of 2005, at the remarkable age of 85.

Sixty years earlier, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Tony had joined up, serving with the Green Howards, and being among the very first to set foot on French soil at the D-Day landings. One might think that anyone who went through what he did on the Normandy beaches in June of 1944 would want to put the past behind him. On the contrary, Tony was happy to go back, taking parties of Rotarians and friends to the area not once but three times, and reliving the horror of those days in an almost matter of fact way.

Tony had plans to write a book about his experiences, which sadly he never completed. He did however record his memories of those momentous days and we feel privileged to publish them here as a fitting tribute to a good man, a good Rotarian and a friend that we will all miss.