Saturday, July 18, 2009
I have a mystery that every now and again draws my attention.
I've spent the afternoon sitting at the computer taxing google with all kinds of requests.
In a box of family keepsakes there are medals belonging to one William Jennings.
He served with the 2nd West Surrey and received a service medal for the Relief of Chitral 1895 ( India )
He served with the 1st Scots Guards and received the medal at right for the South Africa campaign.
At some point he left England and worked as a miner in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and in Feb. 1916 joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served with the 4th Canadian Mounted Regiment. ( or Rifles as sometimes listed)
He named a sister, Mary Howarth of Rushdale ( Rochdale?) Lancashire as his next of kin and stated that he had served with the 'scotch' guards for 13 years.
An uncle of my mother's served with the 2nd CMR and from what I can tell the two units joined at some point during the war. Frank was killed in 1918 and is buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in Haucourt, France.
Did they meet and did William come to see the family after the war? Would he have left his medals with them?
I don't think I will solve this with my research skills but I think these medals should go to the appropriate military museums or better yet a family member who knows his name and has heard his story.