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Regimental number676
Place of birthSt Arnaud Victoria
AddressWarragul, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Will Polkinghorne, Warragul, Victoria
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateDied of disease 22 February 1919
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialSutton Veny (St John) Churchyard (Plot 75, Row K, Grave No. 4), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Eliza POLKINGHORNE, Victoria Street, Warragul, Victoria

Military Medal

'During the operations carried out by 29th Battalion on 8th/9th instant. Corporal POLKINGHORNE was in charge of a Lewis Gun Team which was taken in advance of the final objective by Tanks, and then took up a position to cover the consolidation of our line. This N.C.O. displayed great bravery and coolness in the face of very heavy Machine Gun fire. Whilst choosing the best tactical position for his Gun, he showed the greatest disregard of his own personal safety, and was untiring in his efforts in putting enemy Machine Gun out of action. At one time when his crew was subject to very heavy shell and Machine Gun fire he freely exposed himself in moving his Team to a new position of safety, and was an inspiration to his men through many hours of a hard fought action. By his coolness and initiative he supplied his O.C. with very valuable information concerning the formation of ground in front and enemy movement, by which means a local counter attack was crushed at its inception.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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