Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Edward Frank Jennings was the son of William Jennings, a Brussels Carpet weaver and his wife, Harriet. The family lived on Friar Street and, later, on Cartway.
Edward was only 17 when he died. He had enlisted in the 1/5 Battalion South Lancashire Regiment. Given his age, he cannot have been in France for long when he died in action in the Ypres Salient on 12th January, 1917. He is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery.
Rifleman Jennings, 5517, was awarded the Victory and British Medals. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal of 3 February, 1917.
BRIDGNORTH MAN KILLED. [Bridgnorth Journal, February 3rd January, 1917] Mrs. W. Jennings, 54 Cartway, Bridgnorth, has received a letter, dated 15th January, from Sec.-Lieut. J. H. Stephens, regretting to inform her that her son, 5517 Rifleman E. Jennings, was killed in action on the 12th January by a shell. The letter concluded :— "He was always a good soldier, and it may be some consolation for you to know that he died whilst doing his duty like a true British soldier. His loss will be deeply felt by all officers and men of his company." Rifleman Jennings is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jennings who have three other sons serving with the colours.
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