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Regimental number1853
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
Address'Holmlea', Seymour, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, John Holmes, Seymour, Victoria
Enlistment date3 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Great courage and devotion to duty South of Messines on 7 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 16 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in repeatedly carrying important messages through intense enemy artillery fire. He was twice blown up by high explosive shells, and on another occasion wounded, but never failed to deliver his message to Headquarters. He has taken part in three raids on enemy trenches, and on each occasion has been of great assistance in providing accurate and important information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 February 1961
Age at death72
Place of burialKyambram Cemetery, Victoria

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