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Walter James JENNINGS

Regimental number4831
Place of birthRedfern, New South Wales
SchoolLeichhardt Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWood work machinist
Address47 Charles Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 11.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A H Jennings, 47 Charles Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in A Company, 31st Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date2 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Anne Hadden JENNINGS, 47 Charles Street, Petersham, New South Wales. Native of Redfern, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 930 Pte George JENNINGS, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 May 1916; 1370 Pte John JENNINGS, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 23 July 1916; 3576 Pte Robert Lewis JENNINGS, 1st Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Note on bottom of B.103, 'buried B5025'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1431014, 3284 Pte H.C. RIDINGS, 55th Bn (patient, No 13 General Hospital, Boulgne), 22 January 1917: 'I saw this man killed in the communication trench and is fact (sic: his face) blown up by a shell so that he was hardly recognisable. This was on the 19th July. I saw him dead when I was coming back wounded and he was lying there. He was on his way to the German lines when he ws killed.'

Second statement, 4820 Pte L. HALPIN, 55th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 7 March 1917: 'He was wounded badly by rifle fire at Fromelles. He was in the German trenches when hit. I saw him there. The Germans re-took the trench, and he was not brought back. It happened during the charge of July 19th.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JENNINGS Walter James
Red Cross File No 1431014

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