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Crowds line streets for Fusiliers

The people of Leamington Spa have come out in large numbers to line the streets and show their support for the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Young and old alike show support for the Fusiliers Credit: ITV News Central

Almost 200 soldiers are parading through the town as part of a homecoming march, at the end of which the regiment will be granted Freedom of the District.

Local cadets line the streets as part of the parade Credit: ITV News Central

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Fusiliers parade in Leamington Spa

Almost 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are parading through Leamington Spa.

The regiment ahead of the march Credit: ITV News Central

The homecoming march includes The Colours, Corps of Drums and Military Band, and an inspection of the Battalion.

The Fusiliers outside the Town Hall Credit: ITV News Central

At the end of the parade, a ceremonial event will be held at the Town Hall where the regiment will be granted Freedom of the District.

There will be a a civic reception service following the march attending by a number of local and national dignitaries.

Some of the ex-soldiers on the march Credit: ITV News Central

Fallen soldier's name added to war memorial

The military came out in honour of Sgt Maj Augustus Jennings Credit: ITV News Central

The name of a Second World War soldier from Warwickshire, who died covering a grenade to save others has been added to a war memorial in his home town.

More than 70 years after his death Sgt Maj Augustus Jennings name was added to the memorial Credit: ITV News Central

Company Sgt Maj Augustus Jennings was one of about 100 British soldiers killed in the Wormhoudt massacre, near Dunkirk in France, in 1940.

Roads were closed in Rugby and a military band played as around 30 members of his family attended to watch his name being engraved.

Soldier's bravery finally recognised

Chris Worman, from Rugby Borough Council, said it was "only right" that Sgt Maj Jennings' name should be added to the memorial.

He sacrificed his own life to save those of his platoon and although the SS thought they'd killed everybody, there were a couple of survivors that lived to tell this remarkable story

The actions of this particular group and others, of course, meant that more than 360,000 troops could be safely evacuated from the beaches, which ultimately was seen as a success.

– Chris Worman

Soldier threw self on grenades to save others

Sgt Maj Jennings was a soldier in the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which surrendered to German forces along with troops from the Cheshire Regiment, the Royal Artillery and French troops.

They were taken to a barn in La Plaine au Bois near Wormhout and Esquelbecq in France on 28 May 1940, where SS soldiers threw in stick grenades.

Sgt Maj Jennings threw himself on top of one of the grenades to try to save other soldiers.

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Name of soldier who saved friend added to town memorial

Company Sgt Maj Augustus Jennings Credit: ITV News Central

The name of a Second World War soldier from Warwickshire, who died covering a grenade to save others, is to be added to a war memorial in his home town.

Company Sgt Maj Augustus Jennings was one of about 100 British soldiers killed in the Wormhoudt massacre, near Dunkirk in France, in 1940.

His name will be added to Rugby war memorial in a service today.

His family believe his name was originally left off because the Army kept details of his death secret.

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