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Name Horace Edgar Penney (member of staff)
Date/Place of Birth 1890/91 / Jersey, Channel Islands
Parents' Names Thomas Penney; Jane
Father's Occupation/Location
Father's Death/Incapacity
Admitted to AO
Admission No
Occupation/Residence Assistant Teacher; 3 Trinity Road, St Helier
Enlistment Location Whitehall
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private T.F; 293272
Battalion/Regiment 21st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own
Killed/Death 9 Apr 1918 (Aged 28)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Belgium; Ploegsteert Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 8
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Horace Edgar was born to Thomas and Jane Penney at St. Helier, Jersey, in the Channel Islands, in 1890 or early in 1891. He was educated in St. Helier and subsequently became Assistant Master at the Don Street School in the town, living at home with his parents and older brother. Horace is credited as being one of the founders of the St Helier Scout troop and being interested in athletics and football. He left the Islands for mainland Britain shortly before the start of the War to take up a teaching appointment. It is not known when Horace joined the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage, but he was resident at the School when he was recruited into the Army on 12 February 1917. He joined 21st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own, (Middlesex Regiment) and was despatched to serve on the Western Front. In October 1917, the Jersey Evening Post reported that Private Penney was in hospital in Britain suffering from trench fever. He subsequently returned to the Front and in July 1918 the Evening Post further reported that Private Penney had been missing since a major German offensive in March of that year. In October 1918 it was confirmed that Private Penney had been killed in action on 9 April 1918. Private Penney is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, near Ieper (formerly Ypres), in Belgium, along with 11,000 United Kingdom and South African servicemen who perished nearby and have no known grave. At the time of Private Penney’s death his parents were living at 3 Trinity Road, St. Helier, Jersey.
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