|Place of birth||Unley, South Australia|
|School||Victor Harbor Public School, South Australia|
|Address||Victor Harbor, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs A Holliday, Warringa, Victor Harbor, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Served for 2.5 years in Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||10th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Zonnebeke, Belgium|
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: James and ADELIZA HOLLIDAY, 49 Augusta Street, Glenelg, South Australia. Native of Victor Harbor, South Australia|
War service: Western Front
[First page of Form B103 appears to be missing.]
Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, from Connaught Hospital (suffering laryngitis and bronchitis), 26 October 1916; discharged on furlough, 26 October 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 10 November 1916.
Marched in to 3rd Training Bn, 15 January 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1917; joined 10th Bn, in the field, 5 August 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 1 October 1917.
Buried, 3 October 1917 (site reference J.188.8.131.52. Sheet 28 NE.
Grave subsequently lost.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, HOLLIDAY William|