Jennings, Thomas

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhyl War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Jennings, Thomas

Regiment/Catrawd: 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 12522.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Beaurains Road Cemetery.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: F. 26.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action between Sunday 8 April 1917 and Wednesday 11 April 1917 during the Battle of the Scarpe,  aged 34 years.

Thomas Jennings was born in Bangor, Caernarfonshire, North Wales circa 1883.

The 1891 Census shows that the family lived at 10 Strand Street, Bangor.  The head of the family was William Jennings aged 29, a French Polisher.  His wife Mary Ann Jennings aged 25 and their four children – Sarah Jennings aged 7, Thomas Jennings aged 5, Teresa Jennings aged 3 and William Jennings aged 2 years.

By 1901 the family had moved to live at 64 Victoria Road, Rhyl, Flintshire, where William continued to work as a Self-Employed French Polisher.  There were now two additions to the family, namely, Anne Mary Jennings aged 6 and Anthony Jennings aged 3 years.

During early 1906 Thomas married Ann Foley.  The 1911 Census shows that they lived at 19 Gas Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  Thomas was employed as a Builders Labourer, he and Ann had two children – Tom Jennings aged 4 and William Jennings aged 3 years.  Also living with them was Ann’s son from a previous marriage, John Foley aged 12 Years.

Following the outbreak of the First World War Thomas enlisted at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham, with 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Thomas’s younger brother William Jennings is also remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial.  He served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was killed in action on 16 May 1915, at the Battle of Festubert, France.

Thomas is also remembered on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire.