Enna, Peter Fini Pentland

Peter Fini Pentland Enna was the son of Fini George Alexander Enna and Margaret Minikor Enna (nee Cass Smith).  His birth was registered in Scarborough in January 1920, although his family headstone in Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough, claims he was born on 9 December 1921.

The same headstone states that Peter was an RAF Navigator.  He was a Flight Sergeant in 13th Squadron who died on 2 June 1942 when his Blenheim Bomber aircraft took off from Wattisham Airfield for an air intruder sortie to Venlo Airfield in the east Netherlands, close to the German border.  Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery records show that 923289 Flight Sgt. Enna is buried in Germany in Reichswald Forest Cemetery,  Coll. Gr. 28F 15-17 with his two other crew members, F/L D G Redman and F/S T F Trimmer.

Peter’s name must have been added to Scalby War Memorial later than the others who lost their lives in WW2 because the stonemason mistakenly engraved it on the upright, WW1 section of the memorial rather than on the flat stones of the WW2 section.

Peter had 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  Mnikei Jensigne was born in 1918 in Ulverston and died in Scarborough in 1921.  Margaret Ida was born in 1923.  She trained as a nurse and midwife at Scarborough Hospital and was a well-known figure in Scalby village, known as the village midwife, who lived at number 10, Yew Tree Cottages on North Street.  She died on 1 June 2016.  Annie Yvonne was born in 1928 in Scarborough and Cedric E G was born on 7 March 1930 in Scarborough.  He died on 15 July 1972 and lived in Edgbaston, Birmingham at the time.

An online copy of ‘The American Leather Chemists’ Association Publication’ Vol XIII 1918 includes 2 articles by Fini where he gives his address as 17 Church Walk, Ulverston.  Records on Ancestry show that in 1919 Fini travelled from Copenhagen to Boston via New York and gave his wife’s address as being in Denmark.  He said he was a Chemist and his travelling companion was another man with the surname Enna, who was a merchant.  In 1921 he travelled to Rio de Janeiro, again as a Chemist, but this time he gave his address as 64 Columbus Ravine, Scarborough.  His wife and young son followed in 1922, giving the same address.

In 1930 Fini travelled to Bombay.  He said he was a Tanner living at The Haven, Station Road, Scalby.  His wife and 4 children followed him in 1931, giving their address as Hackness Road, Newby, Scarborough.  Fini was off to Bombay again in 1933, this time giving an address c/o Leather World, 8 St Thomas Street, S.E.1.  He gave his occupation as Chemical Engineer.

In the 1939 Register Margaret M Enna lived at Glen House, Scalby, and when she travelled to Australia in 1954 she returned to the Scalby address of The Haven, Station Road.  In all the travel records the family were shown to be citizens of Denmark.

Thanks to Leslie (Fred) Fox for sharing this research.