Francis Albury HOLLAND

Francis Albury HOLLAND

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4800), Francis Albury Holland was born at Wyong, N.S.W.[1] He gave his age as 22 years, his marital status as single, and his occupation as laborer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 4 ½ inches tall, weight 141 lbs., with a medium complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed that he had 4 months previous military service with the Australian Rifles.

He completed his medical examination on the 2nd November 1915 at Lithgow, and was attested by Captain A. C. Eade at Lithgow on 2nd November 1915.

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Alison Road, Wyong, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his mother, Mrs. L. [Louisa] Holland, at the same address.

On 8th March 1916 Private Holland departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England, along with many of the other Coo-ees, arriving in Egypt on 11th April 1916.

On 19th April 1916 he was transferred to the 45th Battalion.

On 2nd June 1916 Private Holland left Alexandria aboard the Transport Kinfauns Castle bound for France, arriving at Marseilles on 8th  June 1916.

Private Holland served with the 45th Battalion in France until 27th July 1916, when he was admitted to the 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital at Amiens, France, suffering from Epilepsy.

On 31st July 1916 he was transferred to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen, France.

On 4th August 1916 he was placed aboard the Hospital Ship Marama at Havre for evacuation to England.

He was admitted to the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital in England on 6th August 1916.

Private Holland was discharged on 13th September 1916, and sent to the No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, England.

On 17th October 1916 Private Holland departed Portland, England, aboard the H.M.A.T. Ajana, bound for Australia.

On 20th November 1916 he was charged with Breaking Hospital at sea on 17th November 1916. He was awarded 24 hours detention.

Private Holland arrived in Australia in early December 1916, and was discharged medically unfit on 20th January 1917.

[1] NAA: B2455, HOLLAND F A 4800

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