No.2738 Henry Edward Ernest Polley
Following basic training in Geelong for the 19th Depot Battalion, Henry was sent to Egypt for further training and deployment. Whilst there he suffered the first of several bouts of tonsillitis and influenza and was admitted to hospital in Abbassieh.
Once he had recovered, Henry was sent to France, arriving in Marseilles in August 1916. In March 1918, Harry sustained a serious gunshot wound to the face. After initial treatment in Boulogne, he was evacuated to England – first to The Middlesex War Hospital in St Albans then to No.3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford. Upon discharge from hospital, he was sent to Number 3 Command Depot in Hurdcott, to convalesce and further recover from his injuries.
Once recovered, Harry rejoined his unit in France and remained there until the end of April 1919 when he was transferred to england to await return to Australia.
On 5 July 1919, Harry left England aboard the troop ship, Port Melbourne, arriving in Melbourne on 20 August 1919.
On 1 November 1919, Harry was discharged from the AIF, in Melbourne, having been declared medically unfit due to "slight symptomatic dyspnoea".
In 1924, Henry married Helen ‘Nellie’ Lavinia Hansen and subesquently had three daughters. Nellie died in 1947. Henry died in 1954.
He was listed in the following Electoral rolls:
1919 Electoral roll – c/- C.H. Campbell, Werribee – farm hand
1922 Electoral roll – 12 little Docker St, Richmond – labourer
1924 Electoral roll – 12 little Docker St, Richmond – labourer
1931 Electoral roll – Clyde St, Maribyrnong – gardener
1936 Electoral roll – Clyde St, Maribyrnong – gardener
1937 Electoral roll – Clyde St, Maribyrnong – gardener
1942 Electoral roll – Clyde St, Maribyrnong – gardener
1954 Electoral roll – Clyde St, Maribyrnong – gardener
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
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