PENNEFATHER Sydney Stephen
10/1318, Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, Wellington Regiment

Military Cross
Gazetted 15 February 1919
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Briastre on October 11th 1918.  By patrolling the banks of the River Selle for half a mile, he found a bridge and guided the remainder of the Company across after skilfully disposing his own Platoon on the east side to cover the crossing.  He then led two platoons forming the first wave of the attack over open country until held up by a nest of hostile machine guns; on which he collected and held his men together and disposed them in a defensive position to meet any counter-attack.  Throughout the operation he acted with marked skill and coolness.

Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 22 October 1917
La Toquet, 20 August 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in making daring personal reconnaissances of a hostile post.  In order to do this he twice swam a river, on the second occasion discovering the position ofv the enemy and taking possession of two rafts which were moored on their side.  On his return he constructed a ferry out of one of the rafts, and that evening took a party across the river and led them to the attack and capture of the hostile post.  This was effected after a stubborn fight, during which he himself was wounded.  His initiative and fine leadership on this occasion greatly inspired all ranks in his battalion

Military Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

Gallipoli Medallion
Gallipoli Lapel Badge

Born 23 November 1894, Wellington, New Zealand