Service Number: 5646
Enlisted: 18 February 1916, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Quambatook, Victoria, 1880
Home Town: Quambatook, Gannawarra, Victoria
Schooling: Quambatook State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 26 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

18 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bendigo, Victoria
3 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5646, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5646, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Melbourne
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5646, 59th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Holderness ADAMTHWAITE was born in 1880 in Quambatook, Victoria - his birth was registered in Bungeeluke

His parents were Joseph ADAMTHWAITE and Emma SMITH

He enlisted on 18th February 1916 with the Australian Army - he was with the 6th Battalion, 18th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Ayrshire on 3rd July , 1916 - he was re-allocated as a reinforcement for the 59th Battalion in October 1916 - Wounded in action in France in November 1916 - Reported missing action 26th September, 1917

He was Killed In Action on 26th September, 1917, Polygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium - no known grave - he is listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29) and also honoured on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal 


Quambatook Times, Victoria - April, 17, 1918


The sad news has been received that another of our fine young men has paid the supreme sacrifice in fighting for their country.  A few days ago Mr. A. E. Adamthwaite of this town was officially notified that his brother Pte. H. Adamthwaite who was previously reported missing, had been killed in France on the 26th September last.  Pte Adamthwaite had been on active service for a lengthy period and his duty to his country was nobly done.  Previous to enlisting he had been working on his brothers farm and was well known and respected by the people of the town & district for his quiet, pleasing and unassuming manner & the deepest sympathy is extended by all to his brothers & sisters in their bereavement.