Percy William VENNING

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VENNING, Percy William

Service Number: 965
Enlisted: 1 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Quorn, 4 October 1894
Home Town: Pinnaroo, South Australia
Schooling: Pinnaroo State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds (received at Gallipoli), At sea (HS Galeka), 28 April 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Memorial
Memorials: Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, National War Memorial (South Australia), Pinnaroo School Memorial, Pinnaroo Soldiers Memorial Hosptial, Pinnaroo War Memorial - Obelisk*
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 965, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 965, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE VENNING.

Private Percy W. Venning was a son of Mr. William Venning, farmer, of Pinnaro. He was only 20 years of age and was the first scholar to be enrolled at the local State school. He was one of the first from that district to join the First Australian Expeditionary Force. He was a quiet, unassuming lad, and was much loved for his manly qualities. Until his departure for the front he assisted his father on the farm, and proved himself a fine, steady worker. Private Venning was an active member of the local rifle club.

Pinnaroo, May 7. Yesterday official news was received of the death from wounds of Private Percy Venning 10th Battalion, who left here with the First Expeditionary Force. The sad news was sent to the local Methodist minister to convey to the parents, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt. Private Venning was the youngest volunteer to leave here with the first contingent, and was not 21 at the time of his death. He was a particularly finely-built lad and a general favorite. All flags were at half-mast in his honor." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 15 May 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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