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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Lieutenant Edward Geoff Trevor Penny

Died: August 8, 1918

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Capt. E. G. T. Penny, M.C., son of Mr. E. G. Penny of Westmount, Montreal, was at U.C.C. in 1898. He was 33 years of age; an honours’ graduate of McGill where he studied law. Shortly after the outbreak of the war he joined the McGill C.O.T.C., and served some time as recruiting officer. Later he went to Valcartier and was drafted to France with a hundred other officers. He went to the front as a Lieut, with the 14th Royal Montreals and was wounded at Vimy Ridge, winning the M.C. and promoted to Captain for gallant services. He was killed at the battle of Amiens on the 8th of August, 1918. By profession he was a lawyer, being a member of the firm of Atwater, Duclos and Bond, Montreal.

Captain Penny’s father received the following letter.

Headquarters,
14th Canadian Battalion,
Royal Montreal Regiment,

September 5th, 1918
E. Goff Penny, Esq.,
482 Mount Pleasant Ave.,
Westmount, P.Q., Canada.

My Dear Mr. Penny :

I am very sorry to have had to wait to write to you so long, but the Battalion was in action steadily from August 8th to September 4th and it was impossible to write letters.

Your son Trevor was killed instantly on August 8th by machine gun fire. His platoon was held up by a German machine gun, and he with three men dashed up and attacked it. Although he was killed, his gallant action enabled his platoon to surround the gun and exterminate the gunners.

He served under my immediate command in No. 2 Company for a long time, and I can tell you that his conduct at all times was most gallant and self-sacrificing. He was the true illustration of the phrase, “an officer and a gentleman” and I feel he can never be replaced. He was buried in a Regimental Cemetery and a cross erected over his grave.

On behalf of all ranks of the Royal Montreal Regiment I tender you my heartfelt sympathy on your sad loss.

Yours very sincerely,
(Signed) Dick Worrall,
Lieut. -Colonel,
Commanding Royal Montreal Regiment.

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 27-28

More information about Lieutenant Edward Geoff Trevor Penny can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada At War

McGill Honour Roll, 1914-1918