Sydney Brooks HOLT


HOLT, Sydney Brooks

Service Number: 1357
Enlisted: 9 December 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, 15 January 1892
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boilermaker's Assistant
Died: Killed In Action, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 29 May 1915, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot 111, Row D, Grave 19, Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Broken Hill Zinc Corporation Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1357, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1357, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
29 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Address at the time of enlisted was given as Australian Club, Broken Hill, NSW

Son of James Holt and Harriet Emily Holt nee Brooks of Bowden, SA.

Brother of Eva Annie Holt, Allan Stanley Holt, Gordon Jack Holt who returned to Australia on 10 June 1919 having served with the 10th Battalion. Gordon enlisted while living in QLD, Alwyn James Holt MM who returned to Australia on 11 December 1918 having served with the 10th Battalion and Arthur Ernest Holt who died of disease on 27 September 1915 while serving with the 3 Light Horse Regiment and was buried in the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot B, Row XV, Grave 3

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private Sydney Brooks Holt enlisted in Broken Hill with his brother "Snowy," and went with him to the Dardenelles with the 2nd Reinforcements to the 10th Battalion, where he was killed in action. He was only in action a little more than 10 days. "One night," a correspondent writes, "while in the firing line he and another pri- vate were told off to hold an outpost— and to hold it to the last. They  held it. The night was dark, and the Turks ceaselessly endeavored to take the position—but without avail. Three times the Turks charged to the attack, yelling 'Allah' and Mahommed.' Three
times that dauntless two held their ground, and poured lead into the yelling fiends. And three times the onrushing Turks wavered and fled before  that deadly hail, leaving their fallen behind. When  day dawned on that fiercely-contested outpost 13 Turks lay dead before it. But Private S. B. Holt was not destined to live long with the laurels and honor that his courage and determination had won for  him. A day or two later he was struck on the head with an 18lb. shell and killed instantly, while his brother "Snowy" was lying alongside him in the trench.