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Bertram Stephen PENNY

Date of birth6 May 1885
Place of birthSemaphore, South Australia
Other NamesPenny, Bertram Stephens
SchoolSt Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSemaphore, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 10.25"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ethel May Penny, 58 South Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceMember (3 months), Law Rifle Club: still a member at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1916
Date of death3 November 1919
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery (Family Vault), Adelaide, South Australia
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Emma PENNEY; husband of Mrs E. PENNY, North Shore, Sydney. Native of Semaphore, South Australia
Discharge date5 September 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt

Embarked Adelaide, 11 January 1916; disembarked Suez, 9 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 March 1916.

Admitted to 54th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 27 May 1916 (neurasthenia); to No 5 Hospital train No 5, 2 June 1916, and admitted to No 3 Austraslian General Hospital, Abbassia, 2 June 1916, with 'history of nervous breakdown, accompanied by delusions of persecution; similar attacks had occurred 4 years previously.

Medical Board concluded: mental depression and melancholia; 'probably' permanently incapacitated for military service.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HS 'Karoola', 5 July 1916; appointment terminated (discharged) (permanently unfit), 5 September 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 January 1919 Death attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PENNY Bertram Stephen

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