The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Bassendean, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Walter Holding
- Mothers's Name:
- Hilda Rose Holding
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Engine Cleaner and Driver (Railways)
- Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; River Valley Road Camp; Selarang Barracks Changi; Levelling Party, Changi Aerodrome; P Party; Changi Gaol Camp
- ‘F’ Force Thailand
- Camps Thailand:
- Shimo Sonkurai, Sonkurai, Kami Sonkurai
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore
Wally Holding 3rd from Right.
View Peter Winstanley’s video interview of Wally Holding WX17634.
In 2001 Wally Holding was presented with an OAM for services to veterans and their families.
‘MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION 175
Mr Walter (Wally) HOLDING, 16 First Avenue, Mandurah WA 6210
For service to veterans and their families.
Member, Mandurah Sub-Branch, Returned and Services League of Australia, since 1988;
Member, since 1946; Life Member, 1994; Welfare, Membership and Recruiting Officer, since
1988; various other leadership roles.
Executive Committee Member, Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association, since 2002.
Member, War Veterans Extremely Disabled Society of Western Australia.
Meritorious Medal, Returned and Services League of Australia, 2001.’
After returning from the war Wally and Wynn married, moved to Narrogin where they had a family of 5 children. Wally remained in close contact with his former 2/4th mates and always welcomed visits to have a chat.
He and Wynn were active members of the Narrogin RSL Sub Branch.
Article from The West Australian April 16 2010.
Wally Holding passed away on 13 November, 2013 at Mandurah aged 94 years. He lived a full and active life, and in later years with his wife Wynn, dedicated much time to the RSL in Mandurah, youth and community affairs.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Changi Aerodrome - Singapore
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- P Party, Johore Bahru - Singapore
- Kami Songkurai, 299k - Thailand
- Songkurai 294k - Thailand
- Shimo Sonkurai, 288k - Thailand