16th Battalion, H Company
Born 18 May 1890 at Mount Pleasant, SA.
Son of George POLDEN and Emma Agnew nee PETERSON, of Tweedvale, SA.
Occupation prior to enlistment Clerk
Religion Church of England
Enlisted 10 September 1914 at Morphettville, SA. The Unit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914.
Served in Egypt and Gallipoli. Reported wounded and missing.
Court of enquiry held.
Killed in action 1 May 1915 at Gallipoli
Commemorated Lone Pine Memorial 56
Pictured on the Mount Pleasant Soldiers Memorial Hall Honor Board and listed at the Anglican Church and Presbyterian Church.
Purse with 19 coins, pocket book and holdall returned to father, George Polden.
The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 – 1954) Friday 19 May 1916 p 3 Article
Private W. Polden killed in Action.— A telegram conveying the sad news that Private. W. Polden had been killed in action was received in Mount Pleasant on Friday afternoon last. The deceased soldier had been reported as wounded and missing for many months, but at a court of enquiry it was ascertained that he was killed while fighting on Gallipoli on May 1, 1915. Private Polden was the second son, of Mr. George Polden and was 26 years of age. He was known throughout this district as a very fine athlete and footballer. He was one of the first to enlist from Mount Pleasant, and was also in the famous landing at Gallipoli on April 25. 1915.
The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Tuesday 23 May 1916 p 6 Article Illustrated
LATE PTE. W. POLDEN.
Pte. W. Polden, who was killed in action at Gallipoli, was the elder of two soldier sons of Mr. G. Polden, of Mount Pleasant. He was born and educated at Mount Pleasant, and was 25 years of age. Deceased was known throughout the district as a successful athlete, and he won a gold medal presented to the Mount Pleasant Football Club for the best allround player in 1914. He had for many months been reported as wounded and missing. At a court enquiry it was eventually ascertained that he was killed in action on May 1, 1915. When the war broke out he was one of the first to enlist from Mount Pleasant. He was in the first landing at Gallipoli.
The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Monday 14 June 1915 p 8 Article
Pte. W. Polden, who has been reported wounded, is a son of Mr. George Polden, of Mount Pleasant, where he was born and educated. He was a prominent member of the football club, and last year won the gold medal for the most consistent player.