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Edgar Charles HOLMES

Regimental number4115
Place of birthSandford, Victoria
SchoolEssendon High School, Essendon, Victoria
Other trainingBA, University of Melbourne
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationState school teacher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth J Holmes, Merino, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember, 2 years, Training College Rifle Club
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingSomme Sector, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and E. HOLMES. Native of Sandford, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916, and reverted to the ranks from Acting Corporal.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 21 May 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to unit, 22 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Appointed Lance corporal, 6 July 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on file: 'Presumed Buried In No Man's Land at approx 5J90-43 to 5K0.2.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLMES Edgar Charles

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