Other names: Lewis
Locations in this story: Winterbourne Strickland, DorsetIwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, DorsetHeatherlands, DorsetWareham, DorsetParkstone, Poole, DorsetBalkans
Story: Lewis Penny (occasionally spelt 'Penney') was born in Winterbourne Strickland, Dorset, on 2 Nov 1897 and baptised (as Louis) there on 6 Feb 1898 the son of Marwood Penny and Flora Penny (nee Ricketts). He spent his early life in Winterbourne Strickland until, by 1911, his family had moved to The Bower, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14845). He served with the 5th Battalion in the Balkans from 2 Nov 1915. He was discharged on 15 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Elsie May Strong at Heatherlands, Dorset, on 5 Jun 1922. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living 'St. John', Globe Road, Wareham, Dorset, described as a Cordite Worker and was a volunteer with the St. John Ambulance. At the time he died on 22 Jul 1979 he was living at 28 Skillets Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset. His name appears on a Roll of Honour published privately in Iwerne Minster.