Driver 91153 Samuel Tennant

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Died of Wounds on Monday, 10th December 1917, age 26.
Buried in Grave XXVII. D. 15. at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Royal Field Artillery, 52nd Brigade, "C" Battery.

Son of Joseph and Martha Tennant, of 24, Frederick St., Walsall, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 13th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/149818/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Samuel Tennant registered June quarter 1892 in Dudley.

The following is almost certainly Samuel. In 1901 he was living with his grandparents, and in 1911 with his aunt and uncle. The census of 1881 confirms that his father, James, and his aunt, Ellen, were living with Samuel - their father and Samuel's grandfather.

1901 Census
1 House 1 Court, Bloomfield Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Tennant (60, Coal Miner - Underground, born Coseley), his wife Mary Ann (54, born Dudley), and their grandson: Samuel Tennant (8, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Birch Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Parkes (44, Coal Merchant, born Tipton), his wife Ellen (41, born Tipton), and their nephew: Samuel Tennant (18, Storekeeper, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Samuel's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £17/13/8d (17 pounds, 13 shillings and 8 pence); this was paid to his father, Joseph, in August 1918. His War Gratuity was £15/0/0d (15 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Samuel had enlisted in September 1914.

Action resulting in his death

52nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery consisted of 4 Batteries (A, B, C and D) each having 4-guns. They were under the command of the 9th (Scottish) Division when they arrived in France in May 1915. Samuel was a Driver in ‘C’ Battery, and was with the Brigade from the start of their time on the Western Front. The brigade left the 9th (Scottish) Division on 8th January 1917 to become an Army Field Artillery Brigade.

In November 1917, 52nd Brigade was situated in Nieuport-Bains on the Belgian coast, however from 19th November the French took over in this sector. 52nd Brigade moved to Abbeville in France for training prior to their move to the south-east of the old Somme battlefield in early December.

As Samuel is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Poperinge in Belgium, it is likely that he was wounded while he was in the Nieuport-Bains area prior to 19th November. It is possible that he was injured during the move from Nieuport to Abbeville, but less likely.

On a number of occasions in November the War Diary records “enemy artillery active”, but specifically on 7th November it records “C/51 position heavily shelled”. It is not possible to determine when Samuel was wounded, or the nature of his wounds, but wounds from enemy artillery fire is the most likely cause.

Samuel died at one of the Casualty Clearing Stations adjacent to Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery where he is buried.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 14th January 1918
R.F.A., Tennant, 91163, Dvr., S., (Tipton).