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Holger Randolph Olsen

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Name panel: Morris - Yorke, and Unknown Warrior, Matakohe War Memorial, WW1 (photo John Halpin 2010) - CC BY John Halpin

Name panel: Morris - Yorke, and Unknown Warrior, Matakohe War Memorial, WW1 (photo John Halpin 2010) …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Holger Randolph AWMM
  • Surname
    Olsen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 25736 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 May 1890 AWMM MareretuNorthland AWMM
    Mareretu, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 29 May 1916 AWMM Hukutere, Matakohe, Kaipara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John F.W. Olsen (father), Hukutere, Paparoa, via Helensville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 25736 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 29 May 1916 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 13 pounds AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      33 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Straw AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John F. W. and I. Hedvig E. Olsen, of Hukatere, Kaipara.

    Rifleman Holger was marched into Sling Camp, England, and posted to B Company on 18 November 1916. On 9 December, he was posted overseas. On 7 January 1917, he joined the Battalion and was posted to D Company. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    16 February 1917 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM III. A. 41. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Rifleman Holger Randolph Olsen, who has died of wounds, was a son of Mr. J. F. W. Olsen, of Hukatere, near Matakohe, and was in his twenty-seventh year. At one time he was employed in the railway service, and afterwards he acted as a stock-driver for the North Auckland Farmers' Union, but at the time of enlistment he was assisting on his father's farm. (Auckland Weekly News, 29 March 1917, p. 48) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Matakohe War Memorial, WW1, Matakohe, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • You died before I was born, and you died so young, but thank you Uncle for your contribution to the war. Because of it I live in a free country.
    Public - Ronald Frederick - Other Relative - 8 May 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 35 AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Weekly News, 29 March 1917, p. 48. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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08 May 2015Ronald FrederickKerikeri RD 1Other Relative
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