Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 15th July 1916; age 19; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200420
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly 2043, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1914 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sarah Jennings, of 75, Tomline Road, Ipswich & the late Mark Jennings.
1901 24, Trinity Street, Ipswich.
Samuel was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Mark Jennings, 56, a Blacksmith – Plough Maker, born Ipswich.
Sarah Ann Jennings (nee Riches), 53, born Ipswich.
David Jennings, 24, a Plough Fitter, born Ipswich.
Oliver Mark Jennings, 20, a Blacksmith – Plough Maker, born Ipswich.
Florence Jennings, 16, a Printer’s Feeder, born Ipswich.
Constance Minnie Jennings, 11, born Ipswich.
Rose May Jennings, 9, born Ipswich.
1911 81, Levington Road, Ipswich.
Samuel was 14 years old, a Core Maker – Agricultural Engineer. He was living with his brother & widowed mother.
David, 34, a Blacksmith – Tool Fitter.
Samuel’s father, Mark Jennings died 1908, Ipswich.
Samuel is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.
The Somme offensive day 15
The battle of the Bazentin Ridge and the attack on High Wood.
The 4th Battalion the Suffolks 15th July 1916 regimental records:
While the 4th Battalion was moving through Becordel to the position between Fricourt and Mametz where they bivouacked during the night of July 14th-15th, the battle of the Bazentin Ridge was raging in all its fury. They were not destined, however, to remain long thus upon the fringe of the hostilities, and at dawn went out under the command of Major H.C.Copeman D.S.O on support the 1st Middlesex Regiment in an attack on Switch trench. After severe fighting, a line immediately in front of the Village of Bazentin-le-Petit was taken up and held for the remainder of the day. The casualties in the battalion, exceeding two hundred.
This is the highest death rate of the war for Ipswich. 17 men.