Service Number: 1967
Enlisted: 12 April 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Thackeringa, New South Wales, 28 November 1895
Home Town: Silverton, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Pipe Fitter
Died: Natural Causes, Cardross, Victoria, buried in Gol Gol Cemetery in NSW, 6 September 1984, aged 88 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

12 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
23 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1967, 27th Infantry Battalion
23 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1967, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
4 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion
5 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Josiah George POLKINGHORNE was born on 28th November 1895 in Thackeringa,  NSW

His parents were Josiah POLKINGHORNE and Martha Ann DAVY who married in 1888 in South Australia

He was promoted through the ranks from Private to 2nd Lieutenant & was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field at Messines on 8th June, 1917 - he was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant on 4th November, 1918 and returned to Australia on 13th May, 1919 on the ship Dunluce Castle - he was discharged on 5th July, 1919

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal for his services in WW1 

Josiah married Alice DULLART in 1920 in Broken Hill, NSW and lived there for about 40 years before moving to Cardross near Mildura in Victoria

He died in 1984 in Cardross, Victoria and is buried in Gol Gol Cemetery in New South Wales


His son Allan Josiah George POKINGHORNE was in the RAAF in WW2 as a Flight Lieutenant (SN414950) and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in the 1st Tactical Airforce - he was discharged in 1946 and became a pilot