David Christopher Jennings

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Peckham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
 —  Cheshire Regiment, 15th Bn. (1st Birkenhead)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Pheasant Farm - Jungburg, Langemarck, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Cement House Cemetery
Plot: IV
Row: E
Grave: 8

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

David Christopher Jennings, a former fitter, was born in 1885 in Peckham, London, England. In 1906 he married Ellen Hannah Fisher. During the war he enlisted in Camberwell, Surrey, United Kingdom. David Christopher served as a Sergeant in the 15th Bn. Cheshire Regiment, part of the 105th Brigade, of the 35th Division.

On January 16, 1918, the 15th Bn. Cheshire Regiment relieved the battalion holding the line on the left support line of the Brigade. On the 20th of January they moved to the right support line. Due to the weather, the battalion had inter-battalion reliefs. Around 4 p.m. on the 22nd of January 1918, “W” and “Z” Compagnies at Kempton Park moved up to the front line to relieve “X” and “Y” companies at Pheasant Trench. These companies held the line until they were relieved by the 18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers on 24 January 1918.

David Christopher Jennings, aged 33, was killed in action on January 23, 1918. The war diary of the 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment reports three other ranks killed on this day, the two others being Private Harry Bowers and Private George Williams. The Brigade war diary mentions that German artillery was active on the 23rd, in contrast to the previous days. Sergeant Jennings was initially buried near Pheasant Farm at 20.U.30.a. His remains were exhumed and interred at Cement House cemetery, plot IV, row E, grave 8.

Sources 3

105 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2486/2).
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15 Battalion Cheshire Regiment (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2487/1).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
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