25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment

 Arthur William JENNINGS


Pte. A.W. Jennings, (known to his many friends in the Regiment as "Jenner"), joined the Second Battalion on August 29th, 1914 and shortly afterwards was transferred to "A" Company of the First at Lowestoft. Here his cheerfulness and his willingness always to help a 'pal' gained him much deserved popularity and the boys of the old "A" Company will always remember him as a true comrade.
Soon after his arrival in India, he went to Secunderabad as a nursing orderly, and while on duty there, he unfortunately contracted enteric, being sent as a convalescent to Wellington [Barracks].
He eventually rejoined the Battalion at Jullundur, and continued his duties as nursing orderly at the Station hospital, later also at Jutogh Hospital. His quiet patient nature earned him the heartfelt praise and appreciation of all who came under his care.
His loss will be felt throughout the Battalion, and our deepest sympathy goes out to his parents in their sad bereavement.

[The Londoner magazine, Feb 1919 - V.III, No.2 pg.52.]

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19

Jennings, Arthur William, resident Bethnal Green, enlisted Fulham, 740434, Cyc., died in India, 23 Oct 1918.
['Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19', Vol. 10, Part 76, Page 206, 25th (County of London) Battalion (Cyclists), pub. 1921 by His Majesty's Stationary Office]

In Memory of

Private Arthur William JENNINGS

740434, 1st/25th Bn., London Regiment (Cyclists)

who died age 23 on 23 October 1918 in India
Son of William Thomas and Louisa Agnes Jennings, of 16, Brierley St., Globe Rd., Bethnal Green, London.

Remembered with honour  KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Kirkee Memorial commemorates more than 1,800 servicemen who died in India during the First World War, who are buried in civil and cantonment cemeteries in India and Pakistan* where their graves can no longer be properly maintained. This total includes the names of 629 servicemen whose remains were brought from Bombay (Sewri) Cemetery for re-interment here in 1960.

Kirkee, also known as Khadki, is a Military Cantonment adjoining the large university town of Poona on the Plateau above Bombay. It can be reached by train from Bombay to Poona or by long distance taxi service from Dada Taxi Stand, Bombay. There are direct flights from Bombay , Madras and Delhi but these tend to be irregular. Taxis and Motor Rickshaws are available from Poona Railway Station. To reach Kirkee War Cemetery, in which the memorial stands, one must ask for Mula Road along which the cemetery is located. One way is to cross the Sangam Bridge and follow the road which has the River Mula on its right. The CWGC road direction board is on a crossroads with the Bombay Poona Road . The cemetery is situated on the right hand side and backs onto the river. From the railway station follow the way via Juna Bazar, Sangam Bridge , past the Engineering college, over Wakdewadi Bridge, past Bajaj Kamal Nayan Udyan and onto Bhayawadi and Mula Roads. From the airport, one reaches Ahmadnagar Road which joins onto Nagar Road followed by Deccan College Road ; over the Holkar Bridge and, keeping left at the junction with Elphinson road, one enters Mula Road. The cemetery is a short distance away on the left hand side of the road. The Commonwealth War Graves road direction sign is situated at the junctions of  Elphinson Road and Mula Road, but it should be noted that this is often hidden from view by Market Stalls.

[Courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission]


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