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William Patrick Holohan


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Serial No. 18946

Field Company Engineers


William Patrick Holohan - Information

As the war raged across the world, William was living on Stanley St in Sydney and working as a miner. William was born in Camden c1887. When he was 30 years old, he enlisted in the AIF on the 16th of March 1917 in Sydney. Training as a recruit at the Royal Showground Camp, he was then sent to the Engineer Reinforcements at the 2nd M & D Depot as a Sapper. William was then posted to the Field Company Engineers, and departed Sydney on the HMAT Euripides on the 31st of October 1917.

William stepped off the ship in Devonport, England on Boxing Day, and was then marched into No. 3 Camp at Parkhouse. After completing further exercises, William was transported to France via Southampton in early May 1918. He was taken to the Australian General Base Depot in Rouelles before joining the 1st Army Troop, FCE. William got straight to work constructing roads, bridges, dugouts etc, in the frontlines, as a war of movement had returned. These were desperate times, with casualties increasing exponentially, many an engineer, had to pick up a rifle to help push through the German lines. After the war ended, William was granted leave in Paris in February 1919. Unfortunately, whilst relaxing, he fell victim to the dreaded influenza pandemic that was spreading across the world. Luckily, he recovered and was sent back to Australia in July. He was discharged on the 12th of September 1919, picking up with his civilian life again.