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HOLT WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Transcriber David Jones;
Formatted Martin Paton; Researched Martin Edwards 2006

The Memorial is situated at Ham Green, Holt at the side of the B3107, Melksham to Bradford on Avon road. The Memorial is a vertical rectangle, surmounted by a 4 sided obelisk, the whole within a railed enclosure. The names from the Great War are on a large bronze panel on the front of the rectangle. Those from the Second World War are on a smaller bronze panel on the front of the base.

1914-1918

ALFORD

Victor Wallace

[Listed as Private] Lance Corporal 12914, "B" Company, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died 1st October 1918. Aged 25. Born Melksham, enlisted and resident Bradford-on-Avon. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Alford, of The Gravel, Holt, Wilts. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 150.

ASH

Albert

Lance Corporal 204229, 6th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 10th April 1918. Aged 25. Enlisted Warminster, resident Trowbridge. Son of Edwin J. and Polly Ash, of The Midlands, Holt, Wilts; husband of Maggie I. Brown (formerly Ash), of 12, Hipperton's Marsh, Trowbridge, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 119 to 120.

ASH

Walter William

Sergeant 9664, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 10th August 1915. Born Holt, enlisted Bradford-on-Avon, resident Birmingham. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 156 to 158.

BAILEY

Albert Edward

Private G/63037, 2nd/4th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 22nd July 1918. Age 32. Born Holt, enlisted Egham, Surrey, resident Staines, Middlesex. Son of Albert and Lavinia Anne Bailey, of Holt, Trowbridge, Wilts; husband of Louisa Bailey, of 184, Wendover Rd., Staines. Formerly 145291. Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in OULCHY-LE-CHATEAU CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 1A.

BATTEN

Albert John Lampy

Private 202935, 1st/4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 28th September 1917. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Trowbridge. Formerly 2946, Duke Of Edinburgh's (Wilthsire Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 22 and 63.

BRIMBLE

E

[Not found on SDGW] Private 12684, 55th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Died 13th November 1918. Son of Mr. J. W. Brimble, of Star Cottage, Holt, Wilts. Buried in DON COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ANNOEULLIN, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 32.

BUCKLAND

Cecil John

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and Royal Air Force. Died 19th August 1918. Aged 23. Son of Arthur George and Mary Elizabeth Buckland, of 73, Finchley Rd., St. John's Wood, London. Buried in HOLT OLD CEMETERY, Holt, Wiltshire. Grave Church. 13. 1.

CLARKE

William

Spelt CLARK on CWGC and listed as Chief Warrant Officer] Master at Arms 180547, HMS Hampshire, Royal Navy. Died 5th June 1916. Aged 37. Son of Joe and Emily Clark, of Hook Common, Basingstoke, Hants; husband of Rose J. Clark, of Star Buildings, Holt, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 21.

DAVIS

Sergeant, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) - No further information currently available

DEAN

Private, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) possibly Fred DEAN, Private 25948, 5th Battalion, Killed in action in Mesopotamia 15th January 1917. Born Ringwood, Hampshire, enlisted Trowbridge, resident Frome, Somerset. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVIII. Row C. Grave 13.

DREWITT

Edward Francis

Private 307170, 2nd/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 17th April 1917. Aged 37. Born Holt, enlisted Newport, Pembrokeshire. Husband of Mary Drewitt, of Sutton Rd., Somerton, Somerset. Formerly 5027, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 54.

EDWARDS

Clement Victor

Gunner 75480, 278th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 12th September 1918. Aged 25. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Trowbridge. Son of Martha Edwards, of Prospect Villa, Holt, Wilts, and the late Henry Edwards. Buried in RED CROSS CORNER CEMETERY, BEUGNY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 5.

EDWARDS

Private, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) possibly William George EDWARDS, Private 200665, 1st/4th (Territorial) Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action in Egypt 10th May 1918. Aged 36. Born Melksham, enlisted and resident Trowbridge. Son of Herbert and Eliza Edwards, of Trowbridge; husband of Emma Louisa Robinson (formerly Edwards), of 5, Gas Works Rd., Trowbridge, Wilts. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot/Row/Section N. Grave 21.

GOSNELL

Stanley

Lance Corporal, 4th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died 27th May 1919. Aged 23. Son of Florence Louisa Longstaff (formerly Gosnell), of 6, St. Margaret's Villas, Bradford-on-Avon, and the late William Stanley Gosnell. Buried in HOLT OLD CEMETERY, Holt, Wiltshire. Grave Chapel. 13. 2.

HARDING

Private, Winnipeg Rifles - No further information currently available

HARES

Charles Edwin

Gunner 170930, 308th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 4th June 1918. Aged 20. Aged 20. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Trowbridge. Son of Charles William and Rosa Alice Hares, of Holt, nr. Trowbridge, Wilts. Buried in PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 10.

HARRIS

Private, Royal Army Service Corps - possibly Frederick Septimus HARRIS, Private M2.156156, 596th Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in Mesopotamia 11th October 1918. Born and resident Lyndhurst, Hampshire, enlisted Southampton. Son of George and Maria Harris. Buried in TEHRAN WAR CEMETERY, Iran. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 14.

HEDGE

Private, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) - No further information currently available

HIGGS

William George

Private 9490, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 10th August 1915. Aged 20. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Bradford-on-Avon. Son of Josiah and Rosa Maria Higgs, of "Hawcroft," The Common, Holt, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 156 and 158.

HUNTLEY

Reuben

Private 20716, 6th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 24th November 1916. Aged 25. Born Winglfield, enlisted Trowbridge, resident Bradford-on-Avon. Son of William and Rhoda Huntley, of Wingfield, Wilts; husband of Dorothy Huntley, of 7, Tony Place, Bradford-on-Avon. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 197.

HURN

Thomas Henry

Private 171722, 32nd Company, Machine Gun Corps (infantry). Killed in action 5th [stated 15th elsewhere] November 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Devizes. Son of Henry John Hurn, of Fernlea, Holt, Wilts. Buried in CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, FONTAINE-AU-BOIS, Nord, France. Plot I. Row I. Grave 15.

JOHNSON

Albert Henry

Bombardier (Corporal) 110617, 244th Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 2nd October 1918. Aged 27. Born South Wraxall, enlisted Trowbirdge, resident Holt. Son of Mrs. Mary Johnson, of 2, Bridge Terrace, Holt, Trowbridge, Wilts. Buried in FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH, Nord, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 14.

LADD, DCM

William Herbert

Corporal 8402, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Devizes. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64.

MARSH

Wilfred John

[Spelt MARCH on SDGW & CWGC and listed as resident Holt, Norfolk] Private S/18386, 12th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in action in Salonika 19th September 1918. Born Steeple Ashton, enlisted Trowbridge, resident Holt. Son of Henry Hedley March, of "Bradford," Leigh Rd., Holt, Wilts. Buried in DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot III. Row B. Grave 32.

MORRIS

Sergeant Major, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) possibly Ralph Hern MORRIS, Company Sergeant Major 4733, "B" Company, 2nd [6th on SDGW] Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 38. Born Gosport, Hampshire, resident and enlisted Devizes. Son of Robert and Lucretia Morris; husband of Emily Ann Morris, of Westbourne Terrace, Estcourt St., Devizes, Wilts. Born at Gosport, Hants. Buried in SAVY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 11.

SCRINE

Herbert

Private 7681, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died as a prisoner of war 12th October 1918. Aged 29. Born Holt, enlisted Devizes, resident Trowbridge. Son of Mr. F. Scrine, of 33, Mount Pleasant, Corifree, Trowbridge, Wilts. Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Plot III. Row D. Grave 6.

SMITH

Frank Herbert

Lance Corporal 9481. 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 10th August 1915. Aged 17. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Bradford-on-Avon. Son of Herbert Llewellyn and Harriet Fanny Smith, of "Lyndhurst," Holt, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey, Panel 156 to 158.

STOKES

Private, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) probably Frank Oliver STOKES, Private 19566, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 9th October 1916. Born Bradford, Wiltshire, enlisted and resident Trowbridge. Buried in GRANDCOURT ROAD CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 38.

TURNER

Harold Frank Barclay

Captain, "C" Company 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 1st September 1917. Aged 22. Son of the late Frank M. and Harriet F. Turner. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 12.

USHER

Arthur

Private 9663, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 26th January 1917. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Bradford-on-Avon. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXV. Row ?. Grave ?.

VANDERSTEIN

Harry

[Spelt VANDERSTINE on SDGW & CWGC] Private 9669, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 9th April 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Holt, enlisted Bardford-on-Avon. Adopted son of Sarah Hancock; of Ivy Cottage, Holt, Trowbridge. Buried in WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Commemorated by Special Memorial 6.

Note: The cemetery now contains 1, 936 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 829 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 76 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to 20 who were buried in Signal Trench Cemetery whose graves were destroyed in later battles.

WILLIAMS

G

Petty Officer 184383, HM Submarine E15, Royal Navy. Died 4th December 1916. Aged 37. Husband of the late Annie Ethel Williams, of 66, Sutherland Rd., Portsmouth. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Commemorated on Angora Memorial 179.

Note: In 1914, Baghdad was the headquarters of the Turkish Army in Mesopotamia. It was the ultimate objective of the Indian Expeditionary Force 'D' and the goal of the force besieged and captured at Kut in 1916. The city finally fell in March 1917, but the position was not fully consolidated until the end of April. Nevertheless, it had by that time become the Expeditionary Force's advanced base, with two stationary hospitals and three casualty clearing stations. The North Gate Cemetery was begun In April 1917 and has been greatly enlarged since the end of the First World War by graves brought in from other burial grounds in Baghdad and northern Iraq, and from battlefields and cemeteries in Anatolia where Commonwealth prisoners of war were buried by the Turks. At present, 4,160 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War are commemorated by name in the cemetery, many of them on special memorials. Unidentified burials from this period number 2,729.

1939-1945

ALAND

Herbert Llewellyn

Private 5577008, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died 22nd July 1944. Aged 21. Son of William and Annie Aland, of Holt, Wiltshire. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 22.

BENNETT

A/AB, RN - No further information currently available

FLETCHER

Sergeant , RAF VR - No further information currently available

HEAVYSIDE, DSC

John William

Commissioned Engineer, HMS Eclipse, Royal Navy. Died 23rd October 1943. Aged 44. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). Son of John Henry and Florence Heavyside, of Holt, Wiltshire; husband of Emily Heavyside, of Holt. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 78, Column 2.

HEAVYSIDE

Roy Henry Llewellyn

Private 5626156, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 12th July 1944. Aged 27. Son of Frederick and Winifred Heavyside; husband of Joan Heavyside, of Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. Buried in RYES WAR CEMETERY, BAZENVILLE, Calvados, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 5.

LEDBURY

David Rupert Nelson

[Listed as Commando] Marine PO/X 5001, HMS Fidelity, Royal Marines. Died 1st January 1943. Aged 19. Son of Richard Ledbury, and of Lottie Frances Ledbury, of Melksham, Wiltshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 79, Column 3.

MORTIMER

Lawry Brimson

Aircraftman 1st Class 575923, Royal Air Force. Died 5th July 1941. Aged 18. Son of Howard and Grace Gladys Mortimer, of Holt, Wiltshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 57.

SCRiNE

Robert

Leading Stoker D/KX 81506, HMS Neptune, Royal Navy. Died 19th December 1941. Aged 28. Son of Edward Pearse Scrine and Gertrude Scrine, of Holt, Wiltshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 52, Column 2.

Last updated: 30 March, 2008

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