FAM­ILY TALES TOLD

Hol­loways en­list en masse

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - James Liveris James.Liveris @west­ern starnews.com

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

❝This

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.

PHOTO: BRIAN GIL­ROY

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.

PHOTO: ADAM HOL­LOWAY

Eleven mem­bers of the ex­tended Hol­loway fam­ily, from Roma, fought in the Great War.

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