HOLYWELL, William Thomas
Service Number – 125.
Rank – Private.
Unit / Division – 1st W . A, Expeditionary Force, Commonwealth War Graves record says 11th Battalion.
Enlistment Date – 9 September 1914.
Address on Enlistment – Bunbury, W. A.
Occupation on Enlistment – Farmer.
Next of Kin on Enlistment – Mr W. T. Holywell, and Mrs. E. Holywell, both of Beach Road, Bunbury, W. A.
Religion – Church of England.
Died of Pneumonia.
Date – 13 October 1914.
Place – Perth, W. A.
Age at Death – 19.
Burial Location / Commemoration Details – Old Bunbury Cemetery ( Family Vault ).
Panel Number, Roll of Honour (Australian War Memorial) – Western Australia Garden of Remembrance , Perth War Cemetery, Smythe Road, Nedlands, Western Australia. ( Wall 1, Row E ).
” Private Holywell took ill whilst undertaking initial training at Blackboy Hill Camp soon after his enlistment. Due to his non- embarkation from Australia, he is not listed on the Nominal Roll for the 11th Battalion. Due to the nature of his Death, the Army conducted an official enquiry.- The Court of Enquiry directed their attention to the Field Hospital Commanding Officer, Lieutenant – Colonel White who confirmed that Holywell was admitted to the Field Hospital at Blackboy Hill Camp on 6 October 1914, believed to be suffering from influenza/pneumonia. His condition worsened and he was transferred to Perth Public Hospital on 9 October, 1914. He then died from the pneumonia on 12 October 1914. The Enquiry found that the Field Hospital did not act with negligence in their treatment of Private Holywell’ illness and condition. “