William Henry POYNTON

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POYNTON, William Henry

Service Number: 2100
Enlisted: 5 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Allendale, Victoria, 27 November 1888
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: North Adelaide School
Occupation: Assayer
Died: Drowned, Alexandria, Egypt, 7 November 1915, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (WW1), Davenport M***
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World War 1 Service

5 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
23 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, SN 2100, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
23 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 2100, 27th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
7 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2100, 27th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography

An enquiry found that Sgt. Poynton accidentally fell over-board from the H.T. Royal George on the night of 07 Nov 1915 in the Alexandria Harbour, and that every effort was made to find him without success. His body was found in the harbour at Gumrok, Caracol, Alexandria on 11 Nov 1915. There were no suspicious circumstances. - Information taken from his Service Record (recordsearch.naa.gov.au)

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