The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Holding
First Name:
Walter
Nick Name:
Wally
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17634
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
12.11.1941
Discharged:
29.11.1945
DOB:
13.08.1919
Place of Birth:
Bassendean, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Walter Holding
Mothers's Name:
Hilda Rose Holding
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Engine Cleaner and Driver (Railways)
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; River Valley Road Camp; Selarang Barracks Changi; Levelling Party, Changi Aerodrome; P Party; Changi Gaol Camp
Force:
‘F’ Force Thailand
Camps Thailand:
Shimo Sonkurai, Sonkurai, Kami Sonkurai
POW#:
1/8062
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore

General Description

 

Service commemorating 65 years since VJ Day - 2010
Service commemorating 65 years since VJ Day – 2010.

Wally Holding 3rd from Right.

POW Memorial, Kings Park, 2013 Service to Remember End of War & Victory over Japan - Veterans John Gimour, Ron Badock, Dick Ridgwell, Wally Holding.
POW Memorial, Kings Park, 2013 Service to Remember End of War & Victory over Japan – Veterans John Gimour, Ron Badock, Dick Ridgwell, Wally Holding.

 

Hulland, Turrell, Colevas, Holding, Dunnell & Worth
Hulland, Turrell, Colevas, Holding, Dunnell & Worth

 

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.

Awards/recognition include:

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.

Read  part 1 of Wally’s story as written by him. Part 2.

Also read World War II Experiences of WX17634 Pte W Holding.

 

Wally Holding, Syd Darby19012017

 

Holding W

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.

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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