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Alfred Leslie POLSON

Date of birth3 April 1887
Place of birthTamworth, New South Wales
OccupationCivil Engineer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Charles Henry Polson, 38 Sloane Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Engineera
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was detailed to mark out a track to the captured position immediately after an attack. He led his men forward through an intense enemy barrage and carried out his task with great rapidity under continuous artillery and machine gun fire. He rendered splendid service in completing the track and making a communication trench, his coolness, courage and determination to complete the task in the face of all difficulties being a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Discharge date8 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Wesern Front

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

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