Regiment : 9th Battalion Australian Infantry Australian Imperial Force
Service number : 551
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 21st August 1916 aged 33
Buried : Commemorated on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
Relatives : Son of Mary Elizabeth Blick (formerly Holloway), of Castle Rd., Studley, Warwickshire, England, and the late James Holloway
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Thomas Henry Holloway was born in 1883. He was baptised on 23rd September 1883, the son of James and Mary Elizabeth Holloway. On 28th August 1900 he enlisted as Private 6215 in the Worcestershire Regiment. On his attestation paper he gave his place of birth as Ipsley, Redditch, his age as 18 years, his current address as Redditch and his occupation as ‘Cycle Trade.’ Thomas was 5 feet 4¼ inches tall with a fresh complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.
On 28th September 1901 he enlisted as Private 6807 in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Birmingham when he gave his age as 18 years 1 month, his birthplace as Birmingham and his occupation as a Cycle Finisher. He stated he was still serving with the 5th Worcestershire Regiment. His height and descriptive details remained the same as his previous enlistment. His next of kin was his mother, Mary Blick, Mill Lane, Studley, Warwickshire. His records for his service with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers reveal that he deserted on 9th March 1902 with a substantial amount of army uniform and articles, all listed as part of the records of the Court of Inquiry held on 29th March 1902 into his desertion. It is not clear when he was detained but a note in his records dated 15th November 1902 stated that he was held to serve in the 6th Dragoon Guards.
It is not known when Thomas Holloway went to Australia but he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as Henry Holloway on 25th August 1914. On his attestation paper he gave his age as 31 years, his place of birth as Studley, Warwickshire, England, his occupation as a farm labourer and his next of kin as his mother, Mrs Mary Elizabeth Blick, Castle Road, Studley, Warwickshire. Henry was 5 feet 7 inches tall with a fresh complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. He served in Gallipoli where he was in detention on at least one occasion and appeared to spend more time in hospital for minor wounds and illnesses than he did fighting the enemy. Following his final admission to hospital in December 1915 he appears to have spent time in Malta before being transferred to England where he was admitted to hospital on at least 3 further occasions. He was eventually discharged and sent overseas to Etaples in July 1916, joining his battalion in August. Henry Holloway was killed in action on 21st August 1916. On 1st September 1917, documentary evidence was produced confirming his true name as Thomas Henry Holloway.