William Norman Jenner was born at Newick on
William’s father Norman, ran a butchers shop on The Green, Newick, having moved there from
Brighton with his first wife, Sarah
Anne (nee Penny), sometime between 1881 and 1891. The shop was next door to the present butcher's,
in what is now a pharmacy. Sarah died on 10th April 1889 and William married Ellen
Braysher the following year, their marriage registered at Lewes district in the
June quarter of 1890.
Ellen Maria died at Oxbottom on 26th February 1896 aged 35 andWilliam Jenner appears first in Chailey Parish Magazine in January 1916 in a list of specially attested men (as Jenner, William N) and in a line entry which states: Jenner, Sapper W, RE,
died at Newick Cottage Hospital on
14th October the same year. He was 51
years old. The orphaned William (aged
three) and Susan (aged five) were taken in by their grandmother, Susan
Braysher, and lived with her and Ellen's sister and brother-in-law, Frances and
George Constable at Oxbottom in a small two-bedroomed cottage. Norman
27th April 1916
he arrived in
as part of 446 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
The following month, Chailey Parish Magazine noted, Jenner, Sapper W, RE, France . France
Nothing is known of his service over the next two years but on
28th September 1918 he was injured
when the mess cart he was driving overturned between Nurlu and Moislaines
(approximately 12 miles west of Albert on The Somme). William was thrown into a shell hole and
injured seriously enough to be admitted to hospital the following day. He remained there for the next six weeks,
finally being discharged two days after the Armistice was signed.
26th November 1918 William
joined 447 Field Company via “REBD” (which possibly stands for Royal Engineers
Base Depot) and seems to have remained with this company until discharged at in April 1919 (he
had returned to Chatham
the previous month on account of long service).
His discharge papers note his address as Allington Road Newick. England
The following year, on
October 1920, William married Mary Anne Turner at .
The couple had met when they were both ‘in service’ at The Hall, Nutley . His occupation was then given as electrician
and his address as Eltham. Nutley
My thanks to Chris Jenner for providing some of the information that appears on this page, also for the photograph of William and Mary. Thanks too, to Simon Stevens for the poetrait of William which was sent to his headmaster, John Oldacre, at Newick School.