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Richard PENMAN

Regimental number2819
Date of birth--/07/1892
Place of birthGateshead England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBookkeeper
Addressc/o Mrs Langtrey, Villiers Street, New Farm, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Penman, 126 Whitehall Road, Gateshead-on-Tyne, England
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF9
Promotion date: 1 October 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF9
Promotion date: 11 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Work near Lihons on 10 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 19 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'Near Lihons, at Bois de Crepey, on 10th August, 1918, when a company of another battalion was instructed to mop up and capture the Bois de Crepey, this officer maintained close liaison with the battalion and rendered every assistance, proceeding with the company through the wood and insuring that it was completely mopped up. He then made a reconnaissance of the whole front. On the 11th August, encountering the enemy in force with his depleted platoon, he sent back this information, and also succeeded in taking eight prisoners. Throughout, he showed marked gallantry and leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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