Capt. J.A. Tennant (forum archive)

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Captain J A Tennant (John Amherst) 10th Bedfordshire Regt, was attached to the 1st Border Regiment, May 1915 and DOW 22 August 1915, one day after the futile assault on Scimitar Hill.

Can anyone tell him which Company he was OC of in the 1st Border when he was WIA 21 August 1915? Also any information on HMHS Rewa on those dates? Thanks

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Maybe try the book "Glory is no Compensation" which records the regiment at Gallipoli (book available from the regimental museum at Carlisle Castle), Paul
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Thanks very much Paul. I did just order the book and will have a look into Captain Tennant's Officer papers. If those sources don't yield an answer, a mystery it will likely remain. Thanks again Ralph.
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Hello Ralph,

I’m not sure if this link may help – the 1st Bn war diaries for 21 August 1915. They do not specifically mention Tennant by name, but maybe there is a hint where it states that Lt Armstrong of of D Company was the only officer that was unwounded?

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Got him - the war diary for 22nd August lists him as one of the wounded officers but does not state the Company he was serving with. (Note that the Lt Armstrong mentioned on the 21st as the only unwounded officer, is now listed as wounded on 22nd!)
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Capt Tennant is mentioned on page 115 of "Glory is No Compensation" The very same paragraph also mentions a "Corporal Tennant"! - don't get confused I guess eh?
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Thanks very much. Answered your e-mail with my analysis. Thanks again Ralph.
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Hi Paul, Thanks very much.

This has turned into a kind of fun deductive reasoning quest, meaning= from a close reading & analysis of my sources I have Capt Dinwiddie as WIA later (15/9 London) DOW, OC Coy. D, Capt. G C May, WIA OC Coy. C, Captain James Forbes-Robinson mentioned in WD as being OC of Coy. B in late June and I doubt very much if Capt J A Tennant was Adj. as a Capt Ellis mentioned beaucoup times as such. 14 of the 15 Officers who went forward that day with the final & futile assault on Scimitar Hill (Hill 70) were WIA with only Lt. Clague being unwounded. Two sources mention that Capt. Tennant was leading a company when he was wounded so my deductive guess is that he was OC of Coy. A.

To add a bit more history- Captain John Amherst Tennant was a first cousin to Margot Tennant Asquith, the wife of the Prime Minister and first cousin, once removed to the Hon. Lt. Edward Wyndham Tennant, the soldier Poet who was to perish on the Somme in September 1916 age 19, with the 4th Grenadier Guards.

Captain Tennant's brother Lt. William Galbraith Tennant had been killed in action with the CFF May 25, 1915 at Festubert.

Thanks again, Ralph