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Harold Edgar HOLMES

Regimental number68
Place of birthCharlton Vic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressChinchilla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Holmes, Chinchilla, Queensland
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 3 MG Btn
Promotion date: 26 June 1917


Unit: 3 MG Btn
Promotion date: 26 February 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of two machine guns in the front line. During an enemy counter attack he moved constantly from gun to gun, and by his untiring personal efforts kept them firing, in spite of enemy shell fire and adverse weather conditions. On two occasions his gun emplacements were destroyed, but he moved over the open, consolidated new positions, and brought his guns into action again. His coolness and courage under the most trying conditions set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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