The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Company Sergeant Major W H Penney


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Possible picture of CSM William Henry PENNEY, DCM - provided indirectly by Tom COOKER



Company Serjeant Major, William Henry PENNEY, L/4558, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, Wednesday 28th October 1914, age  40. 

Born Greenwich, Kent, enlisted 8th August 1895, Woolwich, age 20, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 128lbs. Formerly labourer in Telegraph Works.

Previously served in 3rd Battalion, Special Reserve, Royal West Kent Regiment, No.9668. Enlisted 17th July 1894, age 18, height 5ft 5 inches.

Served in the South African Campaign. 

Son of Thomas Penney, 1 Heath Cottage, Thames Street, Greenwick, Kent.

Husband of Elizabeth Sarah Penney (nee Spicer), of 77, Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone, Kent. Married 6th September 1902, All Saints, Lydd, Kent.

Children - William Penney, born 1st January 1900, Maidstone, Kent, baptised 4th December 1904, Malta; Emily Agnes Penney, born 19th April 1903, Maidstone, baptised 4th December 1904, Malta; Percival Charles Penney, born 19th March 1906, Malta, baptised 8th April 1906, deceased; Hilda May Penney?, born 29th October 1907, Dover, Kent? baptised 20th November 1907, Dover, Kent?; Herbert Alfred Penney, born 5th October 1909, Bordon, baptised 16th January 1910, Bordon; Florence M Penney, born 2nd August 1911, baptised 10th November 1911, Dublin; Alice Maud Penney, born 17th July 1913, Dublin, baptised 5th October 1913, Dublin; Kathleen Joyce Penney, born 10th January 1915, Malling, Kent.

Home, 8th August 1895 to 31st August 1900; Africa, 1st September 1900 to 11th May 1902; Home, 12th May 1902 to 5th April 1904; Malta, 6th April 1904 to 27th December 1906; Home, 28th December 1906 to 13th August 1914; BEF, 14th August 1914 to 28th October 1914.

8th August 1895, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th October 1895, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th February 1898, appointed Lance Corporal; 2nd March 1898, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1900, posted South Africa; 26th December 1900, appointed Lance Sergeant; 28th November? 1901, promoted Lance Sergeant; 12th May 1902, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th August 1902, Shorncliffe Camp, approval given to extend Service to complete 12 years with the colours; 1st October 1904, re-engaged in the Royal West Kent Regiment at Malta for such term as to complete 21 years Service; 18th July 1905, appointed Sergeant Cook; 1st August 1908, returned to Duty; 16th July 1910, promoted Colour Sergeant; 5th August 1913, Dublin; 1st October 1913, now ranks as Company Sergeant Major; 26th September 1913, employment sheet, Sergeant Master Cook for 4 years, "Thoroughly understands work connected with the cookhouse" "A good accountant, very hard working, trustworthy,, sober, intelligent, and of a cheerful disposition", communicated to C S Penney;  14th August 1914, posted BEF.

No known grave. Commemorated at  Le Touret Memorial, Panel 30 and 31, Pas de Calais, France. 

AWARDS: DCM, twice mentioned in Despatches, The Queens South Africa Medal & Clasp, The Kings South Africa Medal.


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London Gazette 20th October 1914.

Mentioned in despatches 8th October 1914, Company Serjeant Major, W  PENNY, No. 4558.

London Gazette 18th February 1915.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned  Officers, and men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Expeditionary Force. The particulars of the acts of gallantry will be published in the  London Gazette on an early date.

4558 Company-Sergeant-Major W. H. Penny, 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

 London Gazette 1st April 1915.

His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

4558 Company-Sergeant-Major W. H. Penny, 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

For  gallant conduct and ability in the handling of his men in the trenches from 23rd to 28th October 1914, especially in dealing with the enemy's attempt at an outflanking movement.


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