Ernest Alfred (Raggy) HOLLAND DCM, MID

Badge Number: 23635, Sub Branch: Murray Bridge

HOLLAND, Ernest Alfred

Service Numbers: 503, S212269
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Last Unit: 4 Garrison Battalion (SA)
Born: Mile End, South Australia, 8 August 1889
Home Town: Wall Flat, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Self inflicted bullet wound while of unsound mind, Wall Flat, South Australia , 30 November 1940, aged 51 years
Cemetery: Murray Bridge (Adelaide Road) Cemetery, S.A.
RSL section, Murray Bridge Cemetery, Murray Bridge, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Aldgate War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW (face)
25 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 10th Infantry Battalion
7 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 10th Infantry Battalion
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 10th Infantry Battalion
26 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 10th Infantry Battalion
7 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, 10th Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", 2nd occasion - Shell wound (leg)
22 Jan 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, 503, 10th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

29 Sep 1939: Enlisted S212269, Adelaide, South Australia
29 Sep 1939: Enlisted S212269
6 May 1940: Promoted Warrant Officer Class 2, 4 Garrison Battalion (SA)
28 Nov 1940: Involvement Warrant Officer Class 2, S212269, 4 Garrison Battalion (SA) , Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces


The details provided are taken from the book "Stealth Raiders - a few daring men in 1918" written by Lucas Jordan, published 2017, refer to pages 57+58, 110-113, 181 + 268. The detail provided suggest that prior to the war he was a Labourer of Broken Hill. He enlisted 24th Aug 1914 aged 25 years. In addition to the DCM and the French MM he also won a Mention in Dispatches (MID). He departed the UK for home 24th Sep 1918. Lest We Forget Rest in Peace

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Original member to the 10th Battalion AIF

"OBITUARY. Sgt-Major E. A. Holland

Regimental Sergeant-Major E. A. ('Reggie') Holland, who died suddenly at his residence, Wall Flat, River Murray, on Saturday, at the age of 51 years, was one of the best known returned soldiers in South Australia of the last war. After service in the Royal Australian Navy, he joined the 10th Battalian shortly after the outbreak of the Great War, in which he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the French Medaille Militaire. He reached the rank of regimental sergeant-major and after the war settled on a block at Wall Flat. He went to England with the Coronation contingent, and soon after the outbreak of the present war joined the Fourth Garrison Battalion. He had been stationed at Keswick for some time and was on recreational leave at the time of his death. He leaves a widow and two children." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 05 Dec 1940 (