Photo of Clifford Polkinghorne

Clifford Polkinghorne

Private

8th Infantry Battalion

Killed In Action (KIA) Killed In Action

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss M. Scott
  • Plaque: 307

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Biography

Clifford Stanley George Polkinghorne was born in St Arnaud but enlisted from Ballarat East on 5th October 1914. He was 23 years old, unmarried, and a farmer. He was accepted in the 8th Infantry Battalion, with Regimental No. 1402 (1283 on Nominal Roll). He was promoted Lance Corporal. He was killed during the Landing at Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915, and is buried in Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.

On April 25th 1915 he landed at Gallipoli with his brother Reginald, and in May Reginald wrote to his mother æDear Mother, This is a very hard letter to write although I know you will by now have the list of killed and wounded. Clifford died a glorious death, a hero in the very front line of battle àà.. Cliff and I were together all the time after he arrived in Egypt and on the boat going to the Dardanelles. After we landed we were together for about 10 minutes and then we got separated. àà.. After that I never had time to look or think until after dark. àà.. It was then that the boys told me that Cliff was gone. àà We buried him by himself in a grave on the hillside, just where the fiercest of the fighting had been. Captain Coulter was very good and gave him a decent burial'. He is buried at Shell Green Cemetery just south of Anzac Cove and remembered on the grave of his parents Samuel and Eliza.

His brother, Pte Reginald Polkinghorne with the Australian Army medical Corps returned to Australia 29 October 1918 (Tree No. 237)
Tree No. 307

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour