Brave soldier’s name added to Rugby war memorial

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A soldier who died saving the lives of his comrades in the Second World War has finally had his name inscribed on Rugby’s war memorial.

A service of recognition was held at the memorial gates in Hillmorton Road on Saturday for Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major) Augustus Edward Jennings of D Company, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died on May 29 1940 aged 36. After being captured in Wormhout, northern France, he scarified his life by throwing himself onto a grenade to save his men.

His family only realised his name was not on the war memorial in Rugby, where Warrant Officer Jennings grew up, during a visit to the town in 2005. Saturday’s ceremony was attended by dignitaries and members of his family. Diane Norton, who was aged three when her father died, said: “It was a wonderful day. My two grandchildren laid a wreath and I unveiled his name. I feel as though we have now completed the story and it’s so nice that I’ve been able to do something for my father.”