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Pte 81814 James Jennings


  • Age: 38
  • From: St Helens, Lancs
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • Died Monday 15th September 1919
  • Commemorated at: Windleshaw Abbey R C Cem
    Panel Ref: 1148
James Jennings was born in 1881 at St Helens and was the son of Patrick and Margaret Jennings (nee Prescott) of 41 Waterloo Street, St Helen's. Prior to the war he was employed as a Blacksmith's Labourer. 

The 1881 Census shows the family living at 9, Rimmer Street, Parr, St Helens.

The father Patrick, is aged 27, born 1854 and shown as working in a chemical lab and he was born in Ireland. His wife Margaret is aged 19, born 1862, was born in St Helens and has no occupation listed. They have two sons, Patrick John aged 3, born 1878 and James born 1881 who were both born in St Helens. They also have two visitors at the time of the Census, Ann Lyons aged 16, born 1865 in Ireland and Henry Lyons born 1881.

The 1891 Census shows the family living at Old Cross Street, Windle, St Helens.

The family are living with Margaret’s parents, her father John, aged 61, is a general labourer and his wife Anne aged 63, born 1828 in Ireland  and has no occupation listed.  Patrick is not on the Census but Margaret is shown as married and is aged 29, and has no occupation listed. She has four children living with her, John aged 12, James aged 10, Thomas aged 8 and Mary aged 5 are all at school.  There is also five boarders at the address, George Hatton aged 19 a grocers assistant, Michael Lynch aged 17, a general labourer, Patrick Murray aged 29, a coal miner, John Kelly aged 17 and John McHugh aged 14 both employed as general labourers. 

The 1901 Census shows the family still living at 6, Cross Street, St Helens with Margaret's father John.

The family are living with their widowed Grandfather John, aged 69, born 1832 who is employed as a lodge man at a copper works and was born in Golborne, Wigan.  Margaret is now a widow aged 38, and has no occupation listed. She has three children living with her, James aged 20 is employed as a timber yard labourer, Thomas aged 17, is employed as a copper works labourer and Mary aged 15 is a dressmakers apprentice.  There is also a boarder John Rawsthorne aged 33, born 1868 and working as a coal hewer below ground who was born in Bickerstaffe. 

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 41 Waterloo Street St Helens.

The husband Patrick is not on the Census but Margaret is shown as married and is aged 50 and has no occupation listed. The Census records she has been married for thirty years and had four children. She has two children living with her, James aged 30, who is a labourer for a blacksmith and Thomas aged 27 who is a pit head labourer and was in America.  


He enlisted in St Helens and originally served in the South Lancashire Regiment as Private 11928 before transferring to the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 81814. James died of Malaria on 15th September 1919 aged 38

He is now buried at Windleshaw Abbey Cemetery in St Helens. 

A pamphlet from the service records the following

Of Your Charity Pray

For The Soul Of

JAMES JENNINGS

Who departed this life

September 15th 1919

Aged 38 years

Interred at St Helens Cemetery

September 20th 1919

"Absolve we beseech Thee O Lord, the soul of thy servant, James that being dead to this world, he may live to Thee, and whatever has he has committed in this life through human frailty, do Thou of Thy most goodness forgive, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen"



He is also commmemorated on the St helens Roll of Honour.



His brother-in-law James M. Dean, the husband of Mary, also died in WW1, Driver #22079 RASC.


According to a family tree his father Patrick Jennings b.1849 St Helens, first marriage to Mary Davies 1874,  second marriage to Margaret, son William b.1877, and left for USA, son Thomas b. 1883 Smithton, Pennsylvania, daughter Mary Ellen b,1886 St Helens. A letter refers to "Jim" being in Russia.

He died in Pennsylvania 1909.

 

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