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Albert Jennett, D.C.M., Royal Engineers, killed in action 21 Mar 1918

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Albert Jennett, D.C.M., Royal Engineers, killed in action 21 Mar 1918
Sheffield
1900-1919

Albert Jennett, D.C.M., was a Reservist, and joined up on 6 Aug 1914, from Brookhill Works. He belonged to the 29th Division, and in the Royal Engineers took part in the landing on Gallipoli. He went right through that ill-fated campaign and won the D.C.M. for great gallantry. He was moved to Egypt, and then to France, where he was killed at Heudicourt, on 21 Mar 1918. Previous to his death he had been wounded once in the thigh. He was 39 years of age, and had learned his trade as a file cutter at Brookhill.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he was aged 39 when he was killed. He was the husband of Clara Jennett, of 12 Hadfield Terrace, Walkley, Sheffield. He is buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Image from Samuel Osborn War Memoir 1914-1919 (page 29) (Local Studies 940.467 SST)

Sapper Jennet appeared in Samuel Osbornís War Memorial again (page 52) with the following text: Sapper Albert Jennett, (Brookside Works), the D. C. M. for bravery on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on 28 Jun 1915. Sapper Jennett was in the Royal Engineers, and when an officer of the Argyll Mountain Battery had had his leg blown off and was lying in the open exposed to every heavy fire, Sapper Jennett, with the assistance of another man, voluntarily went out, crossing over a very difficult wire entanglement under heavy fire, and succeeded in bring him into safety. He gave a conspicuous example of courage and self-sacrifice. Jennett called at the Wicker on 15 Dec 1916, and was the recipient of a handsome clock from the Directors in recognition of his bravery. Unfortunately, soon after his return to the fighting line he was killed.

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