Captain Brian Colden Antill Pockley
|Birth place:||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney|
|Death date:||11 September 1914|
|Death place:||Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Kabakaul|
|Conflict:||First World War, 1914-1918|
Brian Colden Antill Pockley was born at North Sydney, New South Wales, on 4 June 1890. Pockley studied medicine at the University of Sydney and was a medical practitioner when the First World War broke out in 1914. At the age of 24, he applied for a commission in the Australian Imperial Force and was appointed as a captain in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF). He departed Australia to serve with the ANMEF in German New Guinea on 19 August 1914.
Captain Pockley was part of the first landing force of the Naval Brigade at Kabakaul on 11 September 1914. During the advance towards a German wireless station, Able Seaman William Williams was shot in the stomach, becoming the first Australian casualty of the First World War. After tending to Williams, Pockley gave his Red Cross armband to another naval serviceman, Stoker Kember, so Kember could carry Williams to the rear. Shortly afterwards, Pockley was also wounded.
Pockley and Williams were taken aboard HMAS Berrima, where they both died that afternoon. The author of "The Australians at Rabaul", S.S. Mackenzie, later wrote, "Pockley's action in giving up his Red Cross badge, and thus protecting another man's life at the price of his own, was consonant with the best traditions of the Australian army, and afforded a noble foundation for those of Australian Army Medical Corps in the war."
Pockley, with Williams, was buried at Herbertshohe cemetery on 11 September 1914. On 11 July 1919 Brian Pockley's remains were reinterred at Rabaul Cemetery on 11 July 1919, with full naval and military honours. In 1950 his grave was among the First World War graves that were relocated to Rabaul War Cemetery (Bita Paka), Papua New Guinea. Pockley's brother, Lieutenant John Graham Antill Pockley, served with the Australian Army in the First World War and was killed in action, in France, on 30 March 1918.
Rolls and Awards
- Rank: Captain
- Date of Death: 11 September 1914
- Unit: Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
- Awarded: Mention in despatches
- Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
- Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Graves of Australian soldiers of the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) killed in action at the landing at Kabakaul in 11 September 1914. The original burial place of Elwell ...
Graves of Australian soldiers of the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) killed in action at the landing at Kabakaul in 11 September 1914. The original burial place of Elwell and Pockley was at Herbertshohe, reinterred in another cemetery at Herberthohe around c 1915-1916 and...
Collection relating to the service of Captain Brian Colden Antill Pockley, AAMC & AN&MEF, New Britain, 1914. Collection consists of handwritten copies made by Pockley's sister of: (1) a diary compiled by Captain Pockley during his period of active service; (2) letters written by Captain Pockley to...
Maker: Pockley, Helen D Antill
Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ashby Hill, RAN, German New Guinea, Malaysia and Mediterranean, 1914-1918. Collection consists of a photostat copy of the log book of the Australian Destroyer, HMAS Yarra, written by Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ashby Hill, RAN...
Maker: Hill, Gerald Ashby
Collection relating to the service of Bandsman Arthur Ross Bramwell Bollard, HMAS Australia. Collection consists of a memoir written by Bandsman Bollard in which he recorded (in diary style) the day to day activities on board HMAS Australia, between 30 July 1914 and 24 September 1914, including...
Maker: Bollard, Arthur Ross Bramwell
NAVAL SIGNAL RE AN&MEF LANDING ON NEW BRITAIN. PROCLAMATION RE OCCUPATION OF NEW BRITAIN. REPORT RE LANDING, DEATH OF CAPT POCKLEY AND WOUNDING OF BOWEN. REPORT RE SAME INCIDENT BY A/B ANNEAR. REPORTS ON ADVANCE AT KABA KAUL BY G R PALMER, AND CMDR CUMBERLEDGE. PAPERS AND REPORTS
Maker: Bowen, Rowland Griffiths
Collection relating to the service of Major Cyril Herbert Dodson Lane, AN&MEF and 18 Battalion, AIF, New Britain, Egypt, Gallipoli, 1914-1915. Collection consists of copies of letters and diary extracts written by Major Lane while on active service. Location of original letters and diary unknown.
Maker: Lane, Cyril Herbert Dodson
The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Brian Colden Antill Pockley, Australian Army Medical Corps, First World War
The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...
Handwritten copy of letters relating to the First World War service of Captain Brian Colden Antill Pockley, Australian Army Medical Corps and the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force. The original letter was written by Captain Brian Colden Antill Pockley to his family whilst aboard the...
Handwritten copies of letters relating to the First World War service of Captain Brian Colden Antill Pockley, Australian Army Medical Corps and the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force. The original condolence letters were written by men who served with Pockley in the Australian Naval &...
|Date of birth||1890|
|Date of death||1914-09-11|