Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

31 days until Armistice

Today we feature: James Jennings, DCM. James Jennings worked for the College as a member of the Housekeeping/Maintenance staff in the 1920s-1940s.  He was born in Cornwall and worked as a tin miner before joining the Lancs and Yorks Regiment at the age of 17.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty east of Cambrai on 13th October, 1918, when acting as Number 1 of a Lewis gun team. While advancing he was hit twice, but kept his gun in action for another half hour until the gun itself was rendered useless.

The DCM is the highest award for gallantry for other ranks and non-commissioned officers, second only to the Victoria Cross. This letter addressed from Radley College sent to the Ministry of Defence in 1933 is the only evidence we have beyond his family’s recollections of him.  With thanks to Truro Museum for alerting us to James Jennings, 2018