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William Cornelius JENNINGS

Regimental number263
Place of birthShanakill, Carrick-on-Suit, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Other trainingAccountant in head office, New South Wales Railways, Sydney, 1912-14
Age on arrival in Australia41
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMedic, King Street, Rockvale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinMiss Jennings, Shanehill House, Carrick on Suir, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Irish Regiment in South Africa, and South African Light Horse in Boer War. Served in Matabela Campaign of 1896 and received Queen's & King's medals for service in South African war.
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name1st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 12 October 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBadly wounded at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Was one of the few who acted as rearguard at the Evacuation of Gallipoli in December 1915. Promoted to RSM and transferred to 53rd Batt. Mentioned in Despatches Jan 1917. In action at Pozieres 1916 etc. (Wife)
FateKilled in Action 24 September 1917
Place of death or woundingGlencorse Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records46
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XLIV, Row B, Grave No. 16), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Bridget JENNINGS; husband of Mrs N.M. JENNINGS, 115 High Holborn, London, England. Native of Shanakill, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Family/military connectionsBrother, William Patrick JENNINGS, served on HMAS Melbourne from 1914 to 1918 as Able Seaman, with proficiency in gunnery.

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