William James Stanbrook Holman

William James Stanbrook Holman

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  • Name William James Stanbrook Holman 
    Nickname Stan 
    Born 20 Dec 1897 
    Gender Male 
    War Service 24 Apr 1918  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    57510 Pte W J S Holman Enlisted into the 3rd Light Horse Regiment at Port Pirie South Australia.  
    World War I Military Service Record of Pte William James Stanbrook Holman.
    World War I Military Service Record of Pte William James Stanbrook Holman.
    World War I Military Service Record
    Military Honours Apr 1924  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    British War Medal No. 23853 issued to Pte W J S Holman. 
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    Notes 
    • Stan spent the first 9 years of his life on the Nelshaby farm. He and his brothers were mischievous; they made tunnels through neighbours' crops to play chasey but his father soon put an end to this. Stan said "He told us once, and only once, what to do. If we didn't behave, we knew what to expect. We were to be seen and not heard." This didn't always stop them: his brother Lel and he slept opposite their parents' bedroom and his parents used to listen at the door to the stories they used to tell each other of the mischief they had done. One day they were thrashed as a result. But they loved their father, and their mother was good to them while she was alive. he began school in Napperby in 1906. Soon afterwards his mother became sick. One day all the children were called away from school to say goodbye to her because the doctor knew she was about to die,
      After his mother's death he moved to Warnertown to stay with his uncle Charlie Smith. A year later his father took a place in Port Lincoln and the children rejoined him there. They did not go to school as there was not one close enough. Their father worked on the railway line for stretches of one to two months while the older children minded the younger ones.
      In October 1907 Stan's teeth gave him a bit of trouble. He had to ride 22 miles to Wanilla and back to get 5 teeth pulled out. In 1909 he rode there again to the railway station. He and his sister needed some teeth out. The train was held up while the dentist did the work in the little tin shed!
      Stan worked on a neighbour's farm (Bob Fox's) for the first 18 months of the war in place of his cousin Fred Holman who had enlisted. The Stan had a disagreement with Mr Fox and the same day enlisted. he fought for 12 months in the 3rd Light Horse, at Jordan Valley near Jerusalem. he returned in 1918 to live in Port Germein where he met his wife. One day Stan happened to be working with a team of horses in a dry and dusty field. He looked up to see two ladies who had stopped at the gate. he went over to see if they needed any help. The younger lady said "the pony's got a stone in its hoof. I was wondering if you could take it out." He removed it and exchanged a few words, thought nothing of it and went back to work. As the women left the younger on said "Oh, what a funny little boy." The older on replied "Don't you say too much about that boy, He may be your husband one day." The younger one laughed, little did she know how true that statement was. Stan bought the farm, the horses, the sulky and married the girl! They kept cows, chickens and pigs.
      In the second World War Stan Joined the Voluntary Defence Corp. In 1941 he became a Justice of the Peace and still is in 1989. He was also chairman of the Beach Committee. At this time a storm broke the Port Germein jetty, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. Stan led a delegation to the State Government to see if they could repair the jetty. Their request was refused. They went down a second time to see Sir Thomas Blakeman. This time their request was granted. They received 4,000 pounds to do the work. To repair the jetty it was necessary to pull the railway lines up and bolt them to the side of the jetty. They had to raise the foreshore as the streets flooded when the tide came in. Stan was a Councillor for 18 years and was awarded a certificate for his commitment. Stan was also a Past Master in Free Masons and a Past Chairman for the Port Pirie and Districts Ambulance Committee for 12-14 years.
      For relaxation Stan used to enjoy spotlighting with his son and friends but on two occasions his love for the sport was tested. Once they were at a stony ridge after just having shot a fox. But the fox was only injured so Bob turned wheel of the old Packard very quickly and the wheels locked. Stan scrambled out as the vehicle was coming down on him. bob kicked a window out and was soon free. They eventually found the other man pinned under the vehicle by the shoulders. He had a broken collar bone and wrist. They had to find their way home in the pitch black. On the other occasion, they were in the car as the Packard was out of use. Stan was in the back seat with the gun, bob was in the front seat holding the spotlight out the window and someone else was driving. They had shot and killed a few foxes and injured another. The fox was running back and forth in front of the car. Bob said "Shoot, Dad, Shoot" Stan pulled the trigger, took off the top of bob's finger and hit the fax all with the one shot!
      In 1965 Daisy became very ill with insufficient blood to the brain through hardening of the arteries. She was ill for about 7 years, but for most of that time they lived in Port Lincoln. Lois Halls came to live with them to help care for Daisy. At the end of 1973 Stan admitted Daisy to Tumby Bay Hospital where she died six months later.(The Tucker Family in Australia, 1992)
    Person ID I4812  Tucker Family Tree | The descendants of James Tucker
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2010 

    Father Robert John Holman,   b. 28 Oct 1868, Bald Hills, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1942  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Eliza Rosanna Hawkins,   b. 7 Oct 1871, Inman Valley District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1906  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1894  Wesleyan Church Napperby, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Daisy Pennia Sabina Harvey,   b. 11 Mar 1895, Willochra, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1974  (Age 79 years) 
    Children 
    +1. W.R. Holman
     2. Unamed Holman,   b. 12 Mar 1923, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1923, Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F1473  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    William James Stanbrook Holman
    William James Stanbrook Holman
    William is the son of Robert John Holman and Eliza Rosanna Hawkins.
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    William James Stanbrook Holman
    William James Stanbrook Holman
    Known as Stan


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