John Alexander CAIRNS-PENNY

CAIRNS-PENNY, John Alexander

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 September 1912
Last Rank: Staff Surgeon
Last Unit: Royal Australian Navy
Born: Dublin, Ireland, 1861
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation: Medical Practitioner / Surgeon
Died: Chronic Nephritis and Uraemia, Gayndah Hospital, Queensland, Australia, 18 April 1916
Cemetery: Maryborough Lawn Cemetery, Queensland
Church of England, L. 1064
Memorials: Maryborough St. Paul's Anglican Church J.A. Cairns-Penny Memorial
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Non Warlike Service

1 Sep 1912: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Staff Surgeon , Officer, Royal Australian Navy

World War 1 Service

18 Apr 1916: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Staff Surgeon , Officer, Royal Australian Navy, RAN - Depot Establishment, RAN Reserve

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Biography contributed

John Alexander CAIRNS PENNY was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1861

His parents were James Samuel PENNY & Annie FERGUSON

He married Frances Margaret Helena COADE in Queensland on 16th September, 1889

John was awarded the volunteer officers decoration posthumously


two of his sons also served

1. Geoffrey James CAIRNS PENNY (SN 3473) WW1 - 4th Pioneers Battalion, 2nd Lieutenant - returned to Australia on 6th May, 1919

He also served in WW2 as an Army Captain in the 5th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corp and was discharged on 30th September, 1945

2. Desmond Ferguson CAIRNS PENNY was a Lieutenant in the 9th Field Artillery Brigade and died in WW1 on 5th June 1917