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Ernest Alfred HOLLAND

Regimental number503
Place of birthMile End South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCrystal Street, North Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMrs M Holland, Aldgate, South Australia
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross (Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal)

For great leadership and devotion to duty at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on night of 29-30 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 5 June 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918

Legion D'Honneur : Medaille Militaire (France)

'For conspicuous bravery and determination during the action near POZIERES on August 21st and 22nd, 1916. C.S.M. HOLLAND'S Company attacked near MOUQUET FARM. The attack had only been launched a few minutes when all the officers became casualties; the Company obtained a footing in the objective, but the Company on the RIGHT were not successful. S.M. HOLLAND immediately organised his Company and began bombing to assist the Right Company but eventually had to retire to a position some 80 yards in rear. He was then subjected to very heavy shell fire, and had to withdraw his men, but remained himself with a small party of bombers. He then led a party to No Man's Land, and attended wounded, bringing them all back. By his coolness and bravery many lives were saved and severe casualties inflicted on the enemy. C.S.M. HOLLAND has previously been recommended for bravery, and has been in every engagement the battalion has seen.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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