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William James HOLDAWAY

Regimental number482
Place of birthBalmain, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address36 Norfolk Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 10.75"
Weight196 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Edith Holdaway, 36 Norfolk Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 10 years in the 24th Infantry
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name3rd Battalion C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was a crack Rifle Shot.
FateDied of wounds 4 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death4 May 1915
Age at death38
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 19), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
36
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Appointed Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 1 May 1915.

Died of wounds, A36 'Dongola', 4 May 1915; buried at sea.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather to one son (Cecil Geo Holdaway) and three daugters (Edna M Holdaway, Audrey B Holdaway and Rita Irene Holdaway)
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLDAWAY William James

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