Andrew Herbert PENN
Rank: Private
Number: 2161
Unit: D Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 May 1915
Cemetery: Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey

Bert's parents, Andrew Langley Penn and Mary Eleanor Penn, both appear to have had previous marriages and had children from them. It's thought they then had two children together - Bert and an older sister, Mabel. Both of them were born in Mottram St Andrew and Andrew had probably come to work in this area as a landscape gardener. They would later live at 66 Kennerley Road, Stockport.

The oldest son, John Penn, was a plumber and lived at 72 Adswood Lane East and, when he had left school, Bert went to work for him. His low army service number suggests he might have also been a member of the Territorials before the War. Click here for an account of their early months of service

In the final days of May, the Battalion were digging trenches at Gallipoli in preparation for an attack scheduled for 4 June. There was little or no sleep as digging went on at night and, during the day, they manned the support line parapets in case of Turkish attack. On the 31st, they relieved the 8th Battalion in the front line but the trenches were not giving satisfactory protection. In his personal diary, the Battalion commander, Colonel Worthington, records "Still digging. Lots of casualties." Bert had probably been killed by the incessant Turkish shellfire.

The actual location of Bert's grave has been lost. It is believed to be somewhere in Redoubt Cemetery and is probably one of nearly 1400 "unidentified" burials in there.

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