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Richard Frederick HOLTEN

Regimental number2940
Place of birthWilliamstown, Victoria
SchoolWilliamstown Grammar School, Williamstown, Victoria
OccupationFitter and turner
AddressNorth Williamstown, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Holten, 12 Curtis Street, North Williamstown, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2948
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death22.9
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 60), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Anne HOLTEN, 18 The Strand, Williamstown, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 24 October 1915 (diptheria); discharged to duty, 29 October 1915.

Joined 8th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Devanah', 17 December 1915; transferred to HS 'Ionian', Mudros, 19 December 1915; to HS 'Dunluce Castle', 20 December 1915 (sprained ankle); disembarked Alexandria, 23 December 1915; admitted to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 23 December 1915; transferred to Ras el Tin Convalescent Home, 31 December 1915; discharged to duty, 13 January 1916, and rejoined 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Transfererd to 58th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 19 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1360610: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLTEN Richard Frederick
Red Cross file 1360610

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