Name: Ernest Fredrick Penny


Birth Date: 1891 Where: England
Died: 5th December, 1918 Where: Le Cateau, France
Place of Enlistment: Rockhampton, Queensland Age: 23
Serial Number: 540 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,


Photograph penny
Service Details:



8 April

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Australia


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

23 September

1916                      Transferred Divisional Supply Company, France

12 March

1918                      Transferred Divisional Motor Transport Coy., France

28 September

1918                      Appointed Driver

11 November

1918                      Armistice

23 November

1918                      To hospital

5 December

1918                      Died of Disease (Bronchial Pneumonia)





Biographical Details:

Ernest Frederick Penny was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England in 1892.  He was the seventh of ten children of Henry Penny and Jessie Rowland. The family appears to have been split up on the death of their father in 1905. Ernest stayed with a step sister and her husband, in Weymouth, and sailed for Australia on the Beltana in 1912.
Two of his older brothers, Henry and Edwin enlisted with the Dorset Regiment on the same day, 22nd July 1904.  Edwin later went to Canada, but fought in World War 1 and was killed by poison gas on 4th May 1915.  Another brother, Albert Ramsden Penny went to Canada, but because he was on the reserve list returned to England, only to be discharged due to ill health. 
Silas Walter Penny also died in World War 1 as did Ernest Frederick, and Reginald. The youngest boy, Frank, was also gassed in the war but survived.
Of Ernest’s sisters at least one was sent to a Dr Barnardos home and then shipped off to Canada.
Their mother Jessie remarried and moved to Wales.
On enlistment Ernest was working as a Grocer’s Assistant in Rockhampton, Queensland. He was part of the original enrolment of the 26th Battalion and was on the Ascanius in May 1915 when it sailed from Brisbane to Fremantle and then Egypt
Ernest served at Gallipoli and volunteered for the June Trench Raid as a Stretcher Bearer. He is No. 16 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph.
In September that year Ernest was transferred to the 1st Australian Division Service Corps (ADSC).  Apart from two lots of leave in the UK Ernest spent the next two years serving in Europe. In September 1918 he was appointed Driver (Mechanical Transport).

Ernest had been fortunate that he was not wounded during the war but in November 1918, soon after Armistice, he was hospitalised, in France. He died in hospital from Bronchial Pneumonia – Death due to Field Operations. He was buried in the Le Cateau Communal Cemetery, France.

Ernest had left a will in favour of his stepsister living in Weymouth. His Service Medals, Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque were presented to her.