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Lancelot Shadwell Jennings

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright rest …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lancelot Shadwell AWMM
  • Surname
    Jennings AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lancelot Shadwill Jennings AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/2502 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 March 1888 AWMM TakakaTasman AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Waitaki High School, Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L. Jennings (wife), care of A.R. Ryder, John Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/2502 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    Citation for Mentioned in Despatches (MID): "Flers - September 1916. This Officer displayed great bravery and devotion to duty when in command of his Company during the above operations until killed in action. During the six months before his death he continually showed initiative and daring when in the line east of Armentieres, and his good work continually being brought to my notice." (London Gazette, 1 June 1917, p. 5429, Rec. No. 641) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lancelot Jennings was the son of Charles William Jennings and Agnes Lavinia Jennings (nee Grace), husband of Bella Jennings (nee Cross).

    Gained Lieutenant's commission on 18 May 1915 (Studholme 1928).

    Promoted to Captain on 1 March 1916 (Studholme 1928).

    "Our former Science Master, joined the 6th Reinforcements as a subaltern in the Otago Regiment, serving through part of the Gallipoli campaign. Educated at Nelson and Canterbury Coleges [sic], his career as a student was a brilliant one. After taking his degree, he temporarily held the professorship of biology till the close of 1912, when he came to this School only to prove still further his scientific ability and enthusiasm. He had very decided views on the use and possibilities of science as a school subject, leaving valuable suggestions behind for which those who worked with him will ever be grateful. By the majority he will be remembered as a most excellent tennis player. For five years in succession he won the Sales championship, and in 1913 played in the final for the N.Z. championship. Soon after he arrived in France he was gazetted Captain, and the news of his death in action caused very sincere regret." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    28 Public - Terry - Researcher - 9 March 2017 - Military Personnel File
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM 2.C.2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Remembered on the Roll of Honour at Waitaki BHS and in the Scriptorium at Nelson College Public - Peter - Researcher - 29 April 2018 - on site and on-line
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 April 2018PeterNelson, New ZealandResearcher
09 March 2017TerryChristchurch, NZResearcher
16 October 2016JeniferWairarapa New Zealand Researcher

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