Ernest Alfred Pooley AM

b. 1883 Auckland, New Zealand.  d. 09/04/1930 North Vancouver, Canada.

DATE OF AM ACTION: 22/04/1917 Poole, Dorset.

Ernest Pooley was one of eight children of Alfred and Maria Emily Margaret Pooley (nee Philipps) born in Auckland, New Zealand. Little else is known about him other than he married Gertrude Taylor, and he lived in the USA and Canada, where he died on 9th April 1930, aged 47.



On the 22nd April, 1917, a violent explosion occurred on board H.M. Motor Launch 431 while she was lying alongside the jetty at the Base. The after part of the vessel was wrecked, and it at once became known that Sub-Lieutenant Charles W. Nash, R.N.V.R., was buried beneath the wreckage. Chief Motor Mechanic Pooley and Deckhand Powley, who were on board their own vessel lying at the jetty some fifty yards astern, immediately hurried to the motor launch, which was by that time burning fiercely. The flames were every instant drawing nearer to the spot where Sub-Lieutenant Nash lay buried, and it was clear that there was imminent danger of the after petrol tanks exploding at any moment. Regardless of the fact that this would mean certain death to them, Powley and Pooley jumped on board the vessel and succeeded in extricating Sub-Lieutenant Nash from beneath the wreckage and carrying him to the jetty. As they were leaving the boat’ the whole of the after part burst into flames, and, in all probability, had they been delayed for another thirty seconds all three would have perished. Deckhand Powley, who led the way on board the burning motor launch, had subsequently to be sent to hospital suffering from the effects of fumes.