PICTURE SPECIAL: service of recognition for Rugby soldier

Crowds gathered at the war memorial in Rugby on Saturday to remember a Rugby soldier who gave his life to save others.

Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major) Augustus Edwards Jennings of D Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died on May 29 1940 aged 36.

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Captured by the 7th Company SS Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler, and held in a barn at Wormhout, northern France, and in the knowledge of certain death, CSM Jennings threw himself without hesitation onto a grenade and sacrificed his own life to save his men.

Warrant Officer Jennings was born in New Bilton. His family only recently realised his name was not on the Rugby war memorial.

They launched a campaign to have it added and a special service of recognition was held on Saturday at the war memorial gates in Hillmorton Road which was attended by dignitaries and the family of Warrant Officer Jennings.