THE LATE SERGEANT-MAJOR POYNTON.
News has been received by the Hon. A. Poynton, M.H.R., that his son, Sergeant-Major William Henry Poynton, who left Adelaide on August 20 with the 1st Reinforcements to the 27th Battalion, was drowned on November 11. Mr. Poynton received a cable message on Monday night, but there were no further details.
Sergeant-Major Poynton left Adelaide by a transport in charge of Lieutenant-Colonel O'Loghlin. The last letter Mr. Poynton received from his son was dated October 7, and was sent from Alexandria. In it Sergeant-Major Poynton said he was drilling a number of men. and expected to leave for the front shortly.
The late sergeant-major was in his 27th year, and he was educated at the North Adelaide school. Later he went through the School of Mines and obtained his mining diploma. For seven years prior to enlisting he was in the employ of the Bewick, Moreing, & Co., mining engineers, Western Australia.
1915 'BIOGRAPHICAL PARTICULARS.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 4 December, p. 43, viewed 10 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87238380