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Regimental number544
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPiavella, via Prairie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Henry Holland, Piavella, via Prairie, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

Rendered valuable services by courage and coolness, also did good reconnoitring work. (East of Ypres 20-22 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Nominal Roll gives date of return as 24 September 1915, which - unless he re-embarked - is clearly wrong.
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the operations near POLYGON de ZILLEBEKE east of YPRES on 20/22nd September 1017, Sgt. HOLLAND rendered invaluable service to his company by his courage and coolness. On the O.S.M. becoming a casualty this N.C.O. took over the duties and materially assisted in constructing Strong Points and maintaining supplies. He was wounded whilst making an important reconnaissance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 788 Pte Vernon HOLLAND, 7th Bn, killed in action, 7 May 1915; Cousins: 131 Pte Roy BURRELL MM, 31st Bn, died of disease, 30 April 1918; 2577 Pte Watson Henderson BRADDISH, 1st Division Train, returned to Australia, 12 April 1919; 280 Pte Albert James BRADDISH, 1st Machine Gun Bn, died of disease, 4 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 June 1962

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