Overseas Cadet; Probationary 2nd Lieutenant
Royal Air Force
Place of birth:
Barkly West, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
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Name of father:
Albert Edward Jennings
Name of siblings:
Clarice E.; Mabel Merle; Lawrence Bailey
Name(s) of children:
June Pamela; Dilys Mabel; Jonathan Kingsley; one son
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Name of mother:
Mabel Louise Jennings (nee Crump)
Name of spouse:
Gwyneth Evelyn Jennings (nee Legg)
60 Oakfield Road
George Kingsley Jennings (known as Kingsley) was the eldest child of the Rev. Albert Edward Jennings and Mabel Louise Jennings (nee Crump). His parents were married in 1898 and Albert had been ordained at New Court Chapel for missionary work in Barkly West, near Kimberley in Cape Province, South Africa. This was where Kingsley was born on 24 August the following year. His father worked for the London Missionary Society. Kingsley had two younger sisters, Mabel Merle and Clarice, and a younger brother Lawrence, whose birth was registered in Rochford, Essex. Lawrence was baptised at New Court Chapel later that year, although his parents were still based in South Africa. In fact, they remained there for the rest of their lives but made the voyage to the UK on frequent occasions.
Kingsley attended the School for the Sons of Missionaries in Blackheath from 1908 to 1915. In 1912 it moved to Mottingham and changed its name to Eltham College. Here he excelled at athletics and was a member of the school’s first cricket and rugby teams. He was said to have been one of the best centre three-quarters in his time; and played for the Old Boys after the First World War.
Kingsley was a dental student when he enlisted as a cadet in the Royal Air Force in August 1918. He was in medical category A. It is of interest that his religion was given as Congregational on his record; a number of members of the family are listed as members of New Court Chapel in 1920, including Kingsley and his sister Merle in Queens Road, Finsbury Park. Kingsley only served for six months, presumably in training and as a reserve, as he was discharged in February 1919, his services no longer being required. He was then granted an honorary commission as 2nd Lieutenant.
Kingsley studied at New College London, a Congregational college founded in 1850 but whether he had intended following his father into the ministry is not known. He in fact qualified as a dental surgeon, gaining his licentiate in 1921. He lived in Oakfield Road, Stroud Green with his aunt Phoebe and her husband Frank Walter, a shop fitter for a commercial jeweller, and another aunt, Clarice, who was a dressmaker.
In December that year he returned to South Africa and practised as a dentist in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He returned to England for Christmas in 1927, joining his parents and sister Merle in Clapham Common. In 1931 he married Gwyneth Evelyn Legg in Vryburg, North West Province, South Africa. They had two daughters and two sons. Kingsley died suddenly of a heart attack in Southern Rhodesia in 1957, aged 58.