• Eric Henry Olley

Army / Flying Corps
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 7th Brigade
  • 2nd Lieutenant
  • Company Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Company Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Claremont / Main Rd, Claremont TAS 7011, Australia

  • Birth

    Scarborough, England

Stories and comments
    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    Roll of Honour Eric Henry Olley Rank Second Lieutenant Unit 26th Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Conflict Eligibility Date First World War, 1914-1921 Date of Death 04 August 1916 Place of Death France Place of Association Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Cemetery or Memorial Details Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France Source AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

      • owencook
      • Saturday, 13 June 2020

      He was killed in the second assault on Pozieres by the 26th Bn. His body was exhumed from map reference 57d.R34.d.0.9 in Oct 1927 and re-interred at Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France

    • OLLEY E Death AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    OLLEY E Death

    OLLEY E Death
    • OLLEY MID Recomm AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    OLLEY MID Recomm

    OLLEY MID Recomm
    • The Men of "D" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Saturday, 24 April 2021

    Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Saturday 18 November 1916, page 8 TASMANIAN CASUALTIES Information has been received through the the Cross enquiry office that Second-Lieutenant Eric H. Olley, of Bridgenorth, previously reported missing, was killed at Pozieres Ridge about August 4 last. He had been badly wounded by machine gun fire in the elbow, and was being bandaged by Private W. Manning when a shrapnel shell burst alongside, killing him and wounding Manning. Finding his officer dead, Private Manning crawled back, and is now in England. Lieutenant Olley was sergeant-major of D Company at the time, and never knew of his commission. Private Manning adds:—"He was the most popular man in the company." Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Saturday 3 February 1917, page 4 BRIDGENORTH On Sunday afternoon a memorial service in memory of the late E. H. Olley, who was killed in action at the front in France, was held in the Church Hall. The Rev. Woolley officiated, and preached an earnest and appropriate sermon. The deceased was a young Englishman, who had purchased property in the district, and had planted out a young orchard just previous to the war breaking out. He had a promising future before him, but as soon as the call came for recruits, he and W. Brailsford (another young Englishman who had settled in the district) were amongst the first to volunteer from here. Both made the supreme sacrifice; it was a noble action for a noble cause; the district is poorer for their loss.

    • 2nd/Lieut. Eric Henry Olley DEATH4 Aug 1916 AWM NAA Gary Parsons 26th Bn. researcher.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 22 January 2022

    2nd/Lieut. Eric Henry Olley BIRTH Mar 1888 Scarborough, Scarborough Borough, North Yorkshire, England DEATH 4 Aug 1916 (aged 28) France BURIAL Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 Beaumont-Hamel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France PLOT IX. D. 11. MEMORIAL ID 56092452

    2nd/Lieut. Eric Henry Olley  DEATH4 Aug 1916
    • AWM NAA Gary Parsons 26th Bn. researcher.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 22 January 2022

    C.S.M. D Coy 15th plt. (A,W.M. Recommendations – Mention in Despatches – For gallantry in leading the 4th wave in the attack on Poziers Ridge on the night of the 4-5/08/16. It required exceptional coolness and organizational ability as the 3rd and 4th waves were confusing owing to the absence of a suitable jumping off point. Olley arranged his wave while proceeding and controlled it until it reached the German trenches when he became a casualty.) (Red Cross – No trace Germany missing 04/08/16. QMS – Charles William White 1200 26th Bn – He was killed at Pozieres Ridge about 5 weeks ago. He had been badly wounded in the elbow and was bandaged by Pte Manning, when a shrapnel shell burst alongside them killing Olley and wounding Manning. Finding his Officer dead, Manning crawled back and is now in England. He had been C.S.M. of my Coy did not know of his Comm on the day of attack. Cpl William Thomas Manning 2271 26th Bn – Olley was hit by M.G. fire through his arm and I was tying him up when when a shrapnel shell burst near and must have hit him as he dropped his head and he fell back into the shell hole. I felt his heart had just a flutter. At Pozieres most popular man in the Coy. Pte Alfred Arnold Lancaster 1809 26th Bn – On or about 04/08/16 Olley was severley wounded crossing No mans Land and was lying in a shell hole. Pte Manning bandaged him and before he could move a further shell came over and killed him. Olley was Plt Sgt before Comm. L/Cpl William Joseph Lees 2043 26th Bn – I heard he was blown up by a shell on 25/07/16 at Pozieres during the advance on the 1st German Lines.) (N.A.A. – 29/07/16 M.I.A. now K.I.A. Exhumed in vicinity of Pozieres 57d.R.34.d.0.9. Re-interred at Serre Road Cemetery)