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Henry Bonsell HOLLOWAY

Regimental number3467
Date of birth30 April 1894
Place of birthBig Reef, Georgetown, North Queensland
AddressBungle Street, Roma, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Holloway, Bungle Street, Roma, Queensland
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and great devotion to duty while in action near BROODSEINDE on the 17th and 18th October, 1917. This N.C.O. displayed remarkable bravery and coolness under the most trying circumstances; always cheerful he volunteered for the most dangerous work and always did his job with utter disregard for personal safety. In doing his work he was completely buried on several occasions but as soon as he was dug out he refused to quit his post but carried on with his usual calm, cool and collected way. About 5 p.m. on the 18th October, 1917, during very heavy shelling of the line, Lieutenant KENT and three men were completely buried. This N.C.O. immediately rushed to their rescue and although the shelling was still very heavy he worked continuously and dug them out and at very great risk, undoubtedly saving four lives. His bearing and cheerful disposition, throughout was magnificent and greatly impressed and steadied all those around him. His work was of the highest standard and I strongly recommend this N.C.O. for an award.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'Is strongly recommended for his gallantry and devotion to duty during the advance on enemy positions EAST of JEANCOURT on 18th September 1918. During the advance he was invaluable to his platoon commander and showed fine judgment in his leadership of men. On nearing the final objective he rushed an enemy post single handed which was holding up the flank of his company, killed the crew of a machine gun and captured the gun. This N.C.O. showed absolute disregard for his own personal safety and set a magnificent example to the men under him by his courageous behaviour and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 4507 Pte Ernest James HOLLOWAY, 9th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 July 1917; 2054 Corporal William George HOLLOWAY, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 15 June 1919.
Other details

Son of William George and Matilda (nee Auchter) Holloway. Enlisted with his brothers, William and Ernest at Roma. Was badly gassed while serving in France.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 November 1942 Roma, Queensland
Place of burialRoma Cemetery, Queensland

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