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Lewis John HOLMES

Regimental number438
Place of birthNottingham England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOtranto, Orlando Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMrs J Holmes, Otranto, Orlando Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded 23 October 1918)

Work on 10 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 December 1918

Military Medal

'During the advance against the BLUE LINE on the morning of 10th August 1918, Sergeant HOLMES led a patrol against an enemy machine gun position which was effectively holding up his company's advance. By his splendid coolness and skill he succeeded in capturing three prisoners and two machine guns besides inflicting many other casualties upon the enemy. His determination and prompt action enabled his company to continue their advance with comparatively few casualties. Sergeant HOLMES was badly wounded in this operation but refused to leave until his platoon had gained their objective.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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