Robert Ashwell Jennings
G/11827, Private Robert Ashwell Jennings, age 36
7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Died 28 September 1916
Private G/11827, 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 28/09/1916. Age 36.
Born 1880 in Trimley St Martin, the tenth of eleven children of Nathan Jennings and Eliza Ashwell. In 1911 the family were living at Lower Street, Trimley St Martin with Robert working as a general labourer.
Robert joined the 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) in 1916 and was on the front during the Battles of the Somme. On the 28th September 1916 the 7th Battalion were part of the Assault on Schwaben Redoubt. They achieved their target but suffered heavy rifle and machine gun fire from the south face of Schwaben Redoubt which led to casualties whilst approaching. Private Jennings was initially reported as missing and it was not until the 18th December 1917 that he appeared on the casualty list as killed. He is buried at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
Serre Road Cemetery No. 2
The Queen's (West Surrey Regiment)
Extract from The Queen's (West Surrey Regiment War Diary as held by the National Archive