Full military honors are given distinguished soldier
Grimsby Independent, 11 Dec 1935, p. 1,4

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11 Dec 1935
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6 Dec 1935
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Jennings, Henry
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    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Full military honors were accorded the late Sergeant-Major Henry (Harry) Jennings, formerly of the headquarters staff of military District No. 2, Toronto, who passed away at his home, 22 St. Andrew's Avenue, Grimsby, on Friday evening last, when the funeral took place on Sunday afternoon. A Firing party of 16 was supplied by the Wentworth Regiment, the distinguished soldier who had seen service in many parts of the Empire covering a period of 45 years being laid to rest in the soldiers' plot at Queen's Lawn Cemetery. Representatives of both the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, the Wentworth Regiment and other units were present, those in attendance including Lt. Col. Armand Smith, M.C. and officers of the 1st Battalion, Wentworth regiment, Col. W.W. Johnson, M.C., and a detachment of about 25 W.O.'s and N.C.O.'s from the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, West Lincoln Branch, Canadian Legion and several officers and former comrades from Toronto and Buglers Phipps and Ambrose, of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Following the service at the home conducted by Rev. E.A. Earchman, minister of Trinity United Church of which he was a member, a further service was held at the Stonehouse Funeral Home which was in charge of Major (Rev.) A.C. McIntosh, Chaplain of the Wentworth Regiment, assisted by Rev. Mr. Earchman.

The Honorary Pallbearers were - Q.M.S. Shaw, B.S.M. Beard and Sgt. G. Cliff, of the Wentworth Regiment; C.S.M. George Brignull, Sgt. Tom Warner and Sgt. J. Channon, of Lincoln and Welland Regt.

Active Pallbearers were four sons - Harry, Cecil, Reginald and James Jennings, Arthur Hughes, W. Maston.

The late Sergt.-Major Jennings whose death occurred following a lingering illness, was born in Hove, Sussex, England, May 30th, 1867, he being in his 69th year.

The late Sergt.-Major H. Jennings joined the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment in 1885. He served with the Regiment in Ireland, Canada, Bermuda and the West Indies. Returning to England during the closing years of the last Century, he proceeded to Egypt and took part in the campaign of 1898 in Egypt and the Soudan, including the famous action at Omdurman. He was

invalided home from Egypt but in October, 1899, went again on active service, proceeding with the 2nd Infantry Brigade to South Africa where he served throughout the war, taking part in the actions at Colenso, Relief of Ladysmith, Tugela Heights, and many others, and while serving in South Africa received promotion to the rank of first class Warrant Officer.

On his return from South Africa he served in Aldershot until 1907 and then at the Staff College, Camberley.

He came to Canada in 1913 and joined the Corps of Military Staff Clerks, serving at Headquarters, Military District No. 2, Toronto, until 1931, when he retired to pension.

After his retirement to pension he settled in Grimsby and until last year he was actively associated with the Wentworth Regiment at Dundas, only relinquishing his duties when illness compelled him to do so.

He was awarded the Egyptian Medal, 1898, the Khedive's Star, the Queen's South African Medal with six clasps, the King's South African Medal with two clasps and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He has been a member of the Masonic Order for the past 45 years, having joined the Royal Standard Lodge in Halifax, N.S. in 1890.

Surviving are his widow, whom he married in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1890 and four sons, Harry, Cecil, Reginald and James, All of Toronto, the first two now serving as warrant officers in the Canadian Permanent Force.

Beautiful floral tributes were sent by the Officers and former comrades of Headquarters Military District No. 2, Toronto; Queen's Rangers, 1st American Regt.; West Lincoln Branch Canadian Legion; Major and Mrs. G.A.Coombs; Officers of the 1st Battn. Wentworth Regt.;Lt. Col. and Mrs. Armand Smith; No. 2 Detachment royal Canadian Engineers; W.O.'s Staff Sgts. and Sgts. of Royal Canadian Dragoons; Sgts. Mess 1st Battn. Wentworth Regt.; W.O.'s, N.C.O.'s and men of 1st Battn. Wentworth Regt.; No. 2 Detachment Corps of Military Staff and Clerks; Col. W.W. Soden-Irwin; Staff of E.A. Pierce and Company, Toronto; Women's Association of Trinity United Church; and many others from neighbours, relatives and friends.

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Full military honors are given distinguished soldier