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William Robert Matthew HOLT

Regimental number7187
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
Addressc/o H R J Holt, Molong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinMother, Mrs H E Holt, c/o H R J Holt, Molong, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For continuous and consistent devotion to duty at all times while in charge of telephonists and linesmen, and gallantry under heavy fire at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: 27 September 1916; 2 October 1916

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a party moving a gun carriage along a track when they came under heavy shell fire. The road was very badly damaged, and the gun carriage became bogged, but he still persisted in his efforts to get it forward until it was blown into a shell hole by a bursting shell. He set a splendid example of determination and gallantry throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 September 1954

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