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Predicate Object 01 Mar 2017 2017-03-01T00:00:00.000Z 2017-03-01T00:00:00.000Z 2017.15.8 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2017.15.8 Purchase 2017-03-23T00:00:00.000Z 2 2019-01-21T22:53:56.539Z 70 Rank badges of William Arthur Greener Penlington, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZEF. Penlintong enlisted as a Lieutenant with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in 1915. He was appointed to the rank of Temporary Captain in 1916 and in May the following year, became Captain. Following his return to New Zealand he remained with the military and attained the rank of Temp. Major. As a Captain he wore three 'pips' on each shoulder strap, and these were replaced with a crown when he was given the rank of Temp. Major, following his appointment to the position of Director of Vocational Training in Wellington in 1920. William Arthur Greener Penlington was a lecturer at Auckland Teachers’ College at the time of his enlistment. He served on the Western Front with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and was wounded (gas shell) at Messines on 7th June 1917. He was hospitalised back to England and spent periods in the No 1 NZ General Hospital and at the NZ Convalescent Hospital at Hornchurch. It is very likely that he worked up some of his watercolour sketches while at Hornchurch. Towards the end of 1917 Penlington was classified medically unfit, and he returned to New Zealand on the Arawa in early 1918. Following his return he was (briefly) a science lecturer at the Training College before taking up vocational training with Defence in Auckland and Wellington, and was subsequently headmaster of Hastings Boys’ High School. He died in 1982. Rank badges for Captain, NZEF, WW1 Rank badges of 23/1903 Captain William Arthur Greener Penlington, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZEF two sets of three brass stars (pips) as worn on shoulder straps badge, rank
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