Orford: Museum trying to trace descendents of First World War hero Jack Dennington

An appeal has been launched to help solve the mystery surrounding the name of Jack Dennington on the

An appeal has been launched to help solve the mystery surrounding the name of Jack Dennington on the Orford war memorial. - Credit: Archant

RESEARCHERS are trying to trace any descendants of a young soldier who was killed during the First World War.

An appeal has been launched to help solve the mystery surrounding the name of Jack Dennington on the

An appeal has been launched to help solve the mystery surrounding the name of Jack Dennington on the Orford war memorial. - Credit: Archant

Private Edwin John Garrett Dennington, of the 2nd Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, died in France in 1918 - but his body was only discovered in 1987.

Members of Orford Museum are now trying to find out more about the 19-year-old, who is listed as Jack Dennington on the village war memorial.

His parents were Lindsey and Laura Dennington, who lived in a cottage on Orford’s Castle Green.

Lindsey, key-holder of the castle, died in 1949 at the age of 91. Laura’s maiden name was Garrett and she came from nearby Ufford.


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She had a brother, Samuel, who with his father William, was a shoemaker in Ufford.

Jack Dennington had a brother, Clement Rowland. His two sisters were Mildred, who died unmarried in 1976 aged 90, and Dorothy Gertrude, who married a Mr Beard. She died in 1995 at the age of 93 and her death was registered in Harlow.

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Orford Museum’s Jane Allen said: “If any EADT readers have information about the Garrett family of Ufford, the Dennington family of Orford or the Beard family from the Harlow area, could they please contact Brian Boulton on 01728 688999, email brian.boulton@btinternet.com or write to Orford Museum c/o Bell House, Quay Street, Orford IP12 2NU.”

Orford Museum will hold an exhibition in Orford Town Hall on September 13 and 14 next year to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

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