Albury Rupert HOLY


HOLY, Albury Rupert

Service Numbers: 189, 2567
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, An original of B Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Deniliquin, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Schooling: Deniliquin Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farrier
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 27 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Deniliquin War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 189, 5th Infantry Battalion, An original of B Company
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 189, 5th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 189, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
25 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2567, 58th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2567, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

In June 1915 he was taken by ship from Gallipoli and admitted to hospital in Malta with appendicitis and in July 1915 he evacuated to hospital at Wandsworth in London with appendicitis. He was returned to Australia on the 4 December 1915. On the 25 September 1916 he again embarked from Melbourne, this time with the 58th Battalion.

Holy was killed in Belgium on the 27th September 1917. The Red Cross enquiry contains a report from a Private Anderson who states “He was in “A” company and I saw him killed at Polygon Wood, when death was instantaneous. This happened in the hop over at daylight on the morning of September 26th 1917 when he was shot through the head. I knew him very well for he was my mate and came from Melbourne. We held the ground that day and I was wounded about 6 hours afterwards so I cannot give any particulars of burial, nor can I refer to anyone”

Two brothers, Sergeant Jack Holy (an Anzac) and Private Cliff Holy, also served in the AIF.