Colour Serjeant J.W. Clennell

James William Clennell 1896-1968

24302 Colour Serjeant J.W. Clennell, Machine Gun Corps [formerly 2020 6/DLI] was born 1896 the son of Joseph and Jane, living at the Oaks, Evenwood.  He attended Cockfield C. of E. School then Council School now living on Fell View. In 1911 the family lived at Essex Row, Butterknowle and he worked as a coal miner [pony driver].  He joined the local Territorial Force, the 6/DLI [regimental number 2020].  He entered France 19 April 1915 and at some time later was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps becoming a Company Sergeant.  He was disembodied [demobilized] 1 March 1919.  He was awarded the Military Medal, the 1914-15, the British War and Victory medals.  He died in June 1968 in Northumberland, aged 71.  John Percival Jackson was a neighbour living at Essex Row and they must have joined up together, the regimental number for JPJ in the DLI & MGC followed JWC.  Corporal J.P. Jackson was killed in action 23 April 1917 aged 19.