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 –   12  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.  “