Ernest Alfred (Raggy) HOLLAND DCM, MiD

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Badge Number: 23635, Sub Branch: Murray Bridge
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HOLLAND, Ernest Alfred

Service Numbers: 503, S212269
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 1
Last Unit: 4th Garrison Battalion
Born: Mile End, South Australia, 8 August 1889
Home Town: Wall Flat, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of injuries, Wall Flat, South Australia , 30 November 1940, aged 51 years
Cemetery: Murray Bridge (Adelaide Road) Cemetery, S.A.
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Memorials: Aldgate War Memorial - Boer War - Vietnam inclusive*, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli, GSW (face)
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 503, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
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, SN 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, SN 503, 10th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

29 Sep 1939: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, SN S212269, Adelaide, South Australia
6 May 1940: Promoted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Warrant Officer Class 1, 4th Garrison Battalion
28 Nov 1940: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Warrant Officer Class 1, SN S212269, 4th Garrison Battalion, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

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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 (nla.gov.au)

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