Harry Lewin Lee Pennell

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Commander Harry Lewin Lee Pennell, R.N. (22 December, 1882 – 31 May, 1916) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Lieutenant-Colonel.

Pennell placed first among his term of naval cadets at Britannia upon entry and second of sixty-one on passing out in August 1899, earning 2038 of 2250 possible marks, leaving him just four marks behind George Harley Pownall.[1]

Pennell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1903. Pennell specialised in navigation, passing for service in all but first-class ships on 7 October, 1904. He'd qualify in first-class ships on 5 November, 1908.

Pennell was appointed to President for Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition on 23 May, 1910. Pennell's role would be to remain in command of the ship after the shore parties disembarked for their trek to the South Pole.

Pennell was specially promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander for his services in the Antartic on 30 June, 1913. He returned to regular naval service when he was appointed navigating officer in the armoured cruiser Duke of Edinburgh on 4 March, 1914.

Pennell was appointed to the battlecruiser Queen Mary as navigator on 30 November, 1915. He would be killed when she was destroyed during the Run to the South at the Battle of Jutland.

The Pennell Coast of Antarctica is named in his memory.

See Also


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug 10, 1899; pg. 8; Issue 35904.