Ken Plenderleith


Ken and Jean Plenderleith after the war Ken and Jean Plenderleith after the war.


Ken Plenderleith was born on 25.05.1911 at Johannesberg, South Africa. He lived at Bendigo, Victoria, at the time of his enlistment, at Caulfield Racecourse, on 22.05.1940, just short of his 29th birthday.

Ken was a Lance Sergeant with the Regiment when he was discharged on 22.11.1945

When Fred Fairthorne was wounded at El Alamein on 13.07.1942, it was Ken who rushed out to save him.

They remained lifelong friends until Ken’s death on 10.10.1989

Wendy Johnson remembers her Dad as being a fantastic story teller, many of his jokes coming from the evenings spent in the tents.

His favorite day of the year was ANZAC Day – he loved seeing all his old Army mates.

Ken had described the bully-beef & biscuits; the leeches & mosquitoes in Borneo; walking miles in the desert with a heavy backpack when he had hepatitis & told to cure it by drinking more!!! They probably meant WATER?

Mostly though, he talked of the fun with his mates, their loyalty and the life-long bonds they made.

Group of 4 men - in front Keith Watson and Ken Plenderleith Group of 4 men - in front Keith Watson and Ken Plenderleith.