Weston soldier remembered

PUBLISHED: 20:00 28 August 2014

Walter Jennings

Walter Jennings


THROUGHOUT the year, the Mercury has been looking back 100 years to the outbreak of World War One to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.

One of our readers, Joan Priestley, has shared with us with a photograph of her grandfather - a former Weston soldier who fought in the Great War and also had close links with his local paper.

Walter Jennings, who was born in the town hospital in 1885, was the son of a Mercury employee and a goalkeeper for Walliscote Road Old Boys Football Club, as well as playing clarinet for Moggs Military Band.

His father, Nathaniel Jennings, was a compositor for the Weston Mercury.

He lived in Alma Street and worked as a plumber during the war, but enlisted in the Royal Engineers 207th company on May 29, 1917.

He served as quartermaster Sergeant in France, where he suffered a gunshot wound in his left knee on February 1918, Belgium and Germany.

He was discharged on March 31, 1920, and for many years after the war he took part in the armistice celebrations in Grove Park.

Walter and his wife Ella lived in Winscombe Road with their two daughters, Dorothy and Mabel, until he died in 1944.

If you have any pictures or stories to share about Weston people in the war, you can send them in to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk

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