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Regimental number2187
Place of birthTunbridge Wells, Kent, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Holyer, 17 Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 September 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Company, Imperial Camel Corps
FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date9 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 1 March 1916.

Transferred to 2nd Double Squadron, Serapeum, 6 July 1916.

Transferred to 4th Australian Camel Regiment, Abbassia, 2 November 1916.

Transferred to 17th Company, Imperial Camel Corps, Abbassia, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to ICC Field Ambulance, Sheikh Nuran, Palestine, 22 July 1917 (piles); transferred to Rest Camp, 25 July 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Tel el Marakeb, 25 July 1917; discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 4 August 1917.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, Sheikh Nuran, 10 September 1917 (septic hand); transferred to Anzac Rest Camp, Marakeb, 13 September 1917; discharged to duty, 20 September 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 21 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 November 1917 (gun shot wound, neck); admitted to Recovery Station, Beersheba, 8 November 1917; transferred to 21st Stationary Hospital, 9 November 1917; reported 'dangerously wounded', 11 November 1917; transferred to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 12 November 1917; pronounced 'out of danger', 26 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Ulysses', 15 February 1918 (gun shot wound, jaw and throat); disembarked Sydney, 20 March 1918, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged, Brisbane, 9 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFirst given name incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Sydney.
Date of death11 August 1968
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLYER Sidney

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