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James Leslie HOLMES

Regimental number4305
Place of birthMurwillumbah, New South Wales
SchoolState School
AddressMurwillumbah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Ann Holmes, Murwillumbah, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mr L. and Mrs E. HOLMES, 'Kendal', Church Hill, Murwillumbah, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn from Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, Canal Zone, 26 May 1916; discharged to duty, 27 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916 and confirmed on 13 October 1919, 'austr. Sold. Holmes, J.L. Nr. 4305. 54 Battl. am 19.7.16. in Gegend Fromelles gefellen.'

Red Cross File No 1360412: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently 'Glendal', Church Hill, Murwillumbah, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLMES James Leslie
Red Cross file 1360412

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