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Regimental number7595
Place of birthParkside, South Australia
AddressParkside, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8"
Weight119 lbs
Next of kinFather, E J Polkinghorne, 141 Leicester Street, Parkside, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment as medically unfit)
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Discharge date24 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton on board HS 'Karoola', 6 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit: left leg amputated below knee), Adelaide, 24 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 May 1921
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, POLKINGHORNE William John

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