Service Number: 676
Enlisted: 10 November 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia, May 1891
Home Town: Warragul, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Agent
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England,, 22 February 1919
Cemetery: Sutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Plot 75, Row K, Grave No. 4
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Foster Loyal Orange Lodge No. 213 Roll of Honor, Warragul Methodist Church Honour Roll, Warragul War Memorial, Wedderburn Berrimal State School No 2403 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

10 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 676, 29th Infantry Battalion
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 676, 29th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 676, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
11 Sep 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 676, 29 Garrison Battalion (WA), GSW to left hand
12 Jun 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 29th Infantry Battalion, later TCpl 6/8/1918
22 Feb 1919: Involvement Lance Corporal, 676, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 676 awm_unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1919-02-22
23 May 1919: Honoured Military Medal, The Battle of Amiens, '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.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 22nd February........Lance Corporal Samuel Polkinghorne was born at St Arnaud, Victoria in 1891. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 9th July, 1915 as a 24 year old Agent from Warragul, Victoria.
Private Polkinghorne arrived in France on 23rd June, 1916 & was wounded in action on 11th September, 1916. He was invalided to England with GSW to left hand & a Medical Report found that he was temporarily unfit for general service for more than 6 months but fit for home service.

Private Polkinghorne was appointed Acting Corporal at 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott on 21st October, 1917. For the next few months he attended courses in Lewis Gun & Musketry.

Acting Corporal Polkinghorne returned to 29th Battalion on 23rd February, 1918 & was appointed Lance Corporal on 12th June, 1918.
Lance Corporal Polkinghorne was wounded in action (second occasion) on 19th July, 1918 but remained on duty.

Lance Corporal Samuel Polkinghorne was awarded the Military Medal.
Lance Corporal Polkinghorne was marched out from the field ready for return to Australia on 3rd February, 1919. He was admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire on 15th February, 1919 with Influenza but sadly died at 3.15 am on 22nd February, 1919 from Broncho Pneumonia.

Two Australian SOLDIERS WERE BURIED on 25th February, 1919 in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England where 139 other WW1 Australian Soldiers & 2 Australian Nurses are buried.