Alfred Frank JENNINGS

Badge Number: 29736, Sub Branch: Findon / Flinders Park
29736

JENNINGS, Alfred Frank

Service Number: 20036
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Bombardier
Last Unit: 8th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Somerset, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Findon, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bootmaker
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World War 1 Service

20 May 1916: Involvement Bombardier, SN 20036, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
20 May 1916: Embarked Bombardier, SN 20036, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Bombardier, SN 20036
Date unknown: Wounded SN 20036

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Pedicini

A young man who was eager to serve and fight for his country, Alfred was born in Somerset England[1]. Alfred was a Baptist, he worked as a bootmaker to make a decent living. His official location of Australia, where he was living was Hammond Road, Findon, South Australia as he did move from England. It is also known that his marital status was a widower meaning that he had a step daughter named V Thwaites. There is also no known record of whether or not he had any sibling as it is only known that he was living only with him mother and father. They seemed to have a very close relationship and a very close bond.

Alfred’s enlistment date was the 6th of September 1915 and his ranked enlistment was a bombardier. It is also a recorded fact that his AWM embarkation roll number was 13/36/1. Some of the embarkation details record that Alfred embarked from Melbourne, Victoria and set sail on the HMAT A7 Medic on the 20th of May 1916.  Alfred’s Nominal Roll Unit was the 8th Field Artillery Brigade and his rank in that unit was a Bombardier. Although Alfred had other statuses, it was known that his main unit was the 8th Artillery Brigade and Battery 31. It is also known that World War 1 was a brutal and a tough fight. Alfred was a noble solider that fought for his country’s freedom and independence. It was tough as they were not fed the correct food or nutrition or given the correct protection. This made World War 1 even harder than expected. Joseph would have missed his family quite a lot as he was very close to them, this could only be assumed. From World War 1, Alfred successfully survived but was wounded and came out a victorious soldier. This was a great accomplishment for Alfred as many soldiers sadly died.       

Alfred survived the war but didn’t marry again as his partner had already died. This meant that he was to spend the rest of his life with his step daughter, mother and father. From my point of view, life for Alfred would have been good as he survived the war. He continued to live in Australia as he no longer wanted to move back to England. He is to be commended for his efforts.

 

1. <https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=153632>.

 

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