Herbert Hamilton Holden

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HOLDEN, Herbert Hamilton

Service no: 6760 [1]

Place of birth: Cargo, 1896

Address: Bowan Park, Cudal

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Samuel Osland Holden (father), Bowan Park, Cudal

Date of enlistment: 9 October 1916

Place of enlistment: Bathurst

Age at enlistment: 19

Fate: Proceeded to Bathurst Camp 9 October 1916. Transferred to Liverpool Camp 15 October 1916. Embarked SS Port Nicholson, Sydney, 8 November 1916. Disembarked Devonport 10 January 1917. Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital with pneumonia, 20 February 1917. Discharged from hospital 29 April 1917. Proceeded to France 5 September 1917. Hospitalised with laryngitis, 6 November 1917. Embarked for England 10 December 1917. Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital with debility 11 December 1917. Discharged from hospital 17 December 1917. Proceeded to France 12 June 1918. Embarked Ormonde for return to Australia 16 June 1919. Disembarked Sydney 4 August 1919. Discharged 11 September 1919.

Herbert Hamilton Holden was 19 years old when enlisted in Bathurst in October 1916. He embarked from Sydney the following month, arriving in England in January 1917.

Private Holden was plagued with chest complaints; he was in England for barely a month before he was hospitalised, suffering from pneumonia. He proceeded to France in September 1917, but was hospitalised again in November, with laryngitis, and, in December, was transferred to the Fovant Military Hospital in England suffering from bronchitis and debility.

Upon his recovery Herbert returned to France and served another year with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement, before returning to Australia in August 1919. He was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force in September 1919.

Herbert returned to his parent’s house in Sale Street, Orange, and worked as a farmer until his death in 1939, at age 43.

Herbert Hamilton Holden is commemorated on the Cudal District Honour Roll, the Cudal and District War Memorial Gates and on the Toogong War Memorial.

Herbert’s brother, George Holden, also served in WWI; he died of disease in Egypt in October 1918.

Cudal and District War Memorial Gates. Image courtesy Anthony Stavely-Alexander.
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