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Cornelius HOLT

Regimental number1959
Place of birthBury England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinBrother, R Holt, Hill Street, Bury, Lancashire, England
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 1 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For courage at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on night 29-30 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 5 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'In the operations against enemy posts at MONT DE MERRIS near STRAZEELE on night 29th/30th May, 1918, Private HOLT moved out with two comrades and bombed a machine gun which had been harassing his platoon during the consolidation of a newly gained objective. His prompt action silenced the gun and his courage inspired the remainder of the platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'For very skilful and daring patrol work during operations near LIHONS on 10th and 11th August 1918. Private HOLT volunteered and led a daylight patrol through the trenches running towards the enemy and successfully located the enemy positions and machine gun. Making full use of the ground his patrol worked their way forward and sniped several of the enemy, putting two machine guns out of action. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 January 1928
Age at death55
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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