Roy Holden Upham was born in Melbourne, Victoria, was single and a Clerk when he enlisted with the 8th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement on 27 May 1916 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916. After training in France he marched in with his unit to Etaples on 15 March 1917. Two months later he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the head and was immediately invalided to England. During recovery he reported at Perham Downs and on 25 July 1917 proceeded overseas to France to rejoin his unit. While overseas he attended the 20th Brigade Signalling School and received a promotion to Corporal and later to Sergeant. Other than a minor issue of being absent without leave in 1919 he completed his tour without major incident, illness or injury, returning home to Australia on 8 July 1919.
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