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Herbert Ronald HOLDSWORTH

Regimental number2760
Place of birthMelbourne Vic
SchoolState School Baxter and East Leigh, Prahran, and Prahran Secondary School.
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressPrahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Alfred A Holdsworth, 175 Greville Street, Prahran, Victoria
Previous military service23rd Battery Australian Field Artillery; Citizen Forces, Victoria -Artillery
Enlistment date24 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Captain J.H.B. Holdsworth Lieut in Bendigo Cavalry CMF Volunteered for service South Africa left with Bushmans Contingent. Hon Capt. Alfred Herbert HoldsworthLieut in 1st Vic. Regt. 1901 went to live in country and joined Vic. Rangers, 19 years 51 weeks service CMF. Corp. Arthur Halsey Holdsworth, CMF Gunner "B" Battery Chapel Street, St Kilda, Volunteered for service aged 44, in France. Left with Motor Corps returned 1918. Lieut col Albert Armatage Holdsworth joined Junior Cadets 1895 Senior Cadets Lieut 2nd Vic Reg. Volunteered for South Africa left with Col Tom Price. On outbreak of war 1914 volunteered for service, won DPO in Egypt went on to France OC 4 Div Train, returned to Australia November, 1918." Details from Father.
FateKilled in Action 11 April 1917
Place of death or woundingVaulx-Vraucourt, France
Age at death19.6
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred adn Edith HOLDSWORTH, 175 Greville Street, Prahan, Victoria
Family/military connectionsNephew: Lieut Col albert Armatage Holdsworth, DSOVD OC, 4th Div Train
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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