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Charles Henry HOLMES

Date of birth9 July 1891
Place of birthAlbert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSolicitor
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Thomas H Holmes, Glengarry Balwyn Road, Canterbury, Victoria
Enlistment date22 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 June 1915
Rank on enlistment1LT
Unit name21st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Promotions

Captain


Unit: 21st Machine Gun Company
Promotion date: 15 March 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Refers 26-30 September 1917.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 7 November 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When nearly all his officers and non-commissioned officers had become casualties he continued to direct and control the fire of his guns with such good effect that repeated enemy counter attacks were driven off and the advance of the infantry was greatly assisted. His courage and determination under most difficult conditions were a splendid example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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