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Frank Ralph Penny

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frank Ralph AWMM
  • Surname
    Penny AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    46512 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 January 1920 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
    Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 3 July 1941 AWMM 105 Price Albert Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.L. Penny (mother), 105 Price Albert Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 September 1945 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 3 July 1941 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Vertebrae disorder AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The battles for Guadalcanal in 1942 between the American and Japanese navies was the start of the most ferocious campaign in history. The Americans entered this campaign with inaccurate maps and some, including Major-General Alexander Vanegrift who was in command, not knowing where the Solomon Islands were. However they acquired skills which were to prove essential to later victories in the Pacific. It was a difficult campaign due to multiple factors such as the isolation, heat, dense jungle, lack of basic infra-structure and the great distances between base and supplies, and the front line. Though largely a US naval and military struggle, New Zealand's contribution was important. New Zealand was involved in the battle as it was imperative that the Japanese advance on the Pacific be stopped or they would have reached New Zealand. New Zealand's main contribution was in the form of the 3 NZ Division. The Forward Maintenance Centre (advanced base) was joined by the 14 Brigade on 27 August 1943, Divisional troops and units on 2 September and the 8 Brigade on 14 September 1943. New Zealand troops were involved in a number of battles was they moved up the Solomon's gaining control of islands as they went. The 14 Brigade and HQ 3 Division landed on Vella Lavella on 18 September 1943, and on Green (Nissan) Island on 15 February 1944, and the 8 Brigade landed on Mono Island on 27 October 1943. The capture of Mono Island would provide a radar site to cover the Bougainville landings and its harbour was ideal as a staging area for ships during the invasion. At no time did all of New Zealand 3 Division fight together due to the cross over of the battles. Other New Zealand troops were also involved, such as the NZ Engineers in road and airstrip construction (on the very underdeveloped islands, especially Guadalcanal), as well as support from the signals and medical corps and transport and air support. (Guadalcanal To Nissan With the Third NZ Division Through the Solomons). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • I am proud of what my Great Granddad did in the war.
    Public - Mitchell Adam - Direct descendant - 4 March 2018

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.152 AWMM

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04 March 2018Kristy ShireeAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
04 March 2018Mitchell AdamAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
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