Holden, John


War Service:
Private 978 John HOLDEN of ‘B’ Company, 10th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force was killed in action in Gallipoli. He was reported missing on 2 May 1915 during the action at Gaba Tepe but was finally declared ‘Killed in Action between 25th and 29th April’.

During the fighting for Gaba Tepe the 10th battalion lost 50 men killed, 232 wounded and 184 missing. He enlisted at the age of 19 on 2 September 1914 at Morphettville, near Adelaide, South Australia where the 10th battalion was forming. He sailed from Alexandria for Gallipoli on 2 March 1915.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial in Gallipoli and on the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial at St Hilda’s church, Brockley.

He was born in Nunhead, the son of William and Mary Holden of 18 Manwood Road, Brockley. He is probably the John Holden who sailed from London to Adelaide in 1912. When he enlisted he gave his occupation as farmhand.

Service record

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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