FAMILY TALES TOLD
Holloways enlist en masse
AN extraordinary true story of 11 young men from one extended Roma family who answered the call and served in the Great War has been revealed in a book by author Adam Holloway.
Mr Holloway, a direct descendant, uses personal letters, diaries and family memories to deftly recreate the nail-biting tension as each man experiences his own baptism of fire amid the utter horror of the sights and sounds of battle. Mr Holloway said Duty
Nobly Done was the story of the Holloway family, which came to Roma in the 1880s and lived there for the next 40 years.
“My great-grandfather Holloway grew up in Roma with his two brothers,” he said.
“They were cousins of the Miscambles and, when the war broke out in 1914, one of the Holloway cousins, Frank Holloway, was the first man to enlist in Roma.
“He was at the landing on 25 April, 1915.
“Eventually six young lads
book is as much for my family as it is for every Australian who served in the Great War.
from the Roma families and five others from southeast Queensland joined to make the 11 all told from my family who answered the call.”
During Mr Holloway’s research, he utilised copies of the Western Star dating as far back as the early 1900s to learn about Roma, his family and the hundreds of local lads who went off to fight.
“Many of their letters were transcribed into a column of the Star called ‘Our Volunteer Forces’, which was very helpful.”
Mr Holloway has been an avid student of Australian military history from an early age, and he is a proud great-grandson of an Anzac and equally proud son of a Vietnam veteran.
Mr Holloway said the stories of 11 other Great War relatives fuelled his commitment to honour the contribution of these extraordinary men for the freedom of others.
Duty Nobly Done will be officially launched on Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, at the Bald Hills Memorial Hall, in Brisbane.
“It will be an honour to officially launch Duty Nobly
Done exactly 100 years after the guns fell silent – in remembrance of all who served,” Mr Holloway said.
Duty Nobly Done is stocked at Dymocks stores around Australia and online at www.bigskypublishing.com.au and www.booktopia.com.au.
TRUE BLUE: Roma Cities rugby league players of 1914. Second from the left (back row) is Ernest 'Noog' Holloway, while third from the right is Henry 'Chick' Holloway. Second from left (middle row) is their cousin, Arthur Miscamble.
Eleven members of the extended Holloway family, from Roma, fought in the Great War.