A First War Group to the 2nd Canadian Batt. KIA at Passchendaele
A First War Group to the 2nd Canadian Batt. KIA at Passchendaele 1914-15 Star (8651 Pte T.H. PENGILLEY. 2/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (8651 T.H.PENGILLEY. 2- CAN. INF.); and Victory Medal (8651 T.H. PENGILLEY. 2- CAN. INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Very crisp detail, cleaned, light contact, court-mountedwith dual push pins, very fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twenty pages with copies of his Roll Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Transfer Papers. Footnote: Thomas Henry Pengilley was born on August 21, 1891 in Eston, Yorkshire, England, the son of Thomas and Emma Pengilley. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 22, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec, stating that he had three years active militia service with the the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Locomotive Engineer. He later married Hannah Bissell (formerlyPengilley), of Grangetown, Yorkshire, England while on service in the United Kingdom. When he arrived in England, he was transferred to the 12th Battalion. Upon arrival in France on February 11, 1915, he was stationed with the 3rd General Base Depot. By early April 1915, he developed a hernia and was hospitalized in Boulogne on the 4th, later transferred to Norwich for further treatment on the 8th. It was here that he was granted a furlough on May 3, 1915 and was "married with permission". He was then taken on strength on June 28, 1915 at Le Havre by the 2nd Battalion. He was hospitalized for a second time during the summer. On July 8, 1915, he was diagnosed with a "soft chancre" (chancroid = a bacterial sexually transmitted infection characterized by painful sores on the genitalia), returning to the 3rd General Base Depot, and is again transferred to 2nd Battalion, taken on strength on September 16, 1915, with them in the field on the 18th. In February 1916, Pengilley was briefly attached as a Batman to an officer attending a course at Staff College. He was transferred to the 1st Canadian Divsional Headquarters in the field on July 6, 1916. The year 1917 proved to be full of turmoil for Pengilley. On February 22, 1917, at No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance, he was admitted and transferred to Casulty Clearing Station with a "septic throat", rejoining his unit on the 26th. He runs afoul of military law, finding himself in confinement awaiting trial on May 25, 1917. He was tried and convicted by Field General Court Martial on June 1, 1917, "When on Active Service, (1) Stealing goods the property of a comrade. (2) Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline, in that he did make away with, by selling, one pair of boots, Government Property." and was subsequently sentenced to twenty-eight days Field Punishment No. 1. He is stationed at 1st Canadian Divisional Headquarters Sub. Staff on July 22, 1917, when he is again transferred to the 2nd Canadian Battalion in the field on the 23rd. During the Third Battle of Ypres, possibliy at Passchendaele, he was reported wounded and missing after action in the field, then declared Killed in Action, on November 6, 1917. He is remebered with honour at the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial (Panel 10 - 26 - 28), situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words "TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.". Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription "HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH." He was awarded the WWI trio for his war service. His widow, Hannah, received his Memorial Cross, Memorial Plaque and Scroll, while his mother, Emma, also received a Memorial Cross.