Regimental number2529
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLavington near Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, H G Polkinghorne, Lavington near Albury, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'These Battalion runners 5442 F.T.S. Jone, 1991 A. Robertson, 1331 J.B. Skelton, and Polkinghorne] were several times on the evening of 9th August 1918 during the advance towards RAINECOURT, east of AMIENS, sent with messages to the Companies. They had to travel through a heavy machine gun and artillery barrage and locate the Companies at a time when the position had not been clearly defined. They showed not the slightest hesitation and by their courage and reliability rendered valuable service to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Croix de Guerre, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal