Lawerence Selvester POLOMKA


POLOMKA, Lawerence Selvester

Service Number: 5431
Enlisted: 11 March 1916, Tumby Bay, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Seven Hills, South Australia, 9 August 1889
Home Town: Lipson, Tumby Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Seven Hills East Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Westhoek Ridge, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

11 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5431, Tumby Bay, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5431, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5431, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5431, 27th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Lawerence Selvester POLOMKA was born as Laurence on 9th August, 1889 at Seven Hills near Clare, South Australia

His parents were John Gaull POLOMKA and Barbara VOGT who married on 8th June 1886 in St Michaels Church, Clare, SA

Lawrence was one of 14 children - his Brother Valentine POLOMKA also served in WW1 (SN5391) & returned to Australia and also served in WW2 (SN S73001)

He enlisted in Tumby Bay, SA on 11th March, 1916 and embarked with the 27th Battalion, 14th reinforcements on the 12th August, 1916 on the HMAT Ballarat - he served in both France & Belgium

He was Killed in Action on 20th September, 1917 at Westhoek Ridge, Polygon Wood in the battle of Menin Road,  - no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, the Australian War Memorial and the Tumby Bay Memorial

He was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal


Trove Article - Daily Herald , Adelaide 23rd Nov. 1917 page 7


Late Private Lawrence Polomka

Private Lawrence Polomka, second son of Mr. J. Polomka, Seven Hills was Killed in Action in France on September 20th.  He, with his young brother embarked on August 12, 1916 after being in camp for 3 months. He was born at Nackara and educated at Seven Hills East School.  Prior to enlisting he was employed on Mr. Scotts farm at Lipson. He was 28 years of age

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