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Charles HOLLAND

Regimental number11986
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationAmbulance officer
AddressCarlton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Ben Holland, Locksley, Willison Road, Carlton, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 9, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1914
Medals

Military Medal

'At BONY on 29th - 30th September, 1918, he did excellent work with the Bearer Squads, working under heavy enemy fire. He has distinguished himself on several occasions during the advance along the SOMME in August and September, 1918. While in charge of a stretcher squad throughout the whole of the operations, August 8th - August 21st, he displayed great courage and disregard of his own safety in the performance of his duty. His energy and initiative in the formation of bearer squads from enemy prisoners prevented the accumulation of wounded, and greatly reduced the time of evacuation on many occasions. He worked almost continuously for twenty six days, being for the whole of this period in the forward area, and exposed daily to shell and machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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