The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal W Holding


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Lance Corporal William (Willie) HOLDING, S/745, 1st Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 17th December 1914.

Born Urmington, Devonshire.

2nd October 1899, St Benedicts Church, Glastonbury, Somerset, Willie Holding, age 29 bachelor, established postman, Parracombe, father John Holding, farmer, married Ellen Lavinia Gregory, age 29, spinster, King Street, Glastonbury, father, Josiah Gregory deceased.

Children - William John Holding, born 17th August 1903, Barnstaple, Devon.


1911 Census - Parracombe, South Devon - Willie Holding, head, age 40, married, postman (established), GPO, born Ermington, Devon; Ellen Lavinia Holding, wife, age 40, married 11 years, 1 child, born Peasedown, Somerset; William John Holding, son, age 7, Parracombe, South Devon.


Formerly served in Kings Liverpool Regiment.

Enlisted  Tunbridge Wells, Kent, age 43 years & 300 days, height 5ft 6¼ inches, brown eyes, dark hair.  Resided 3 Sunnyvale Terrace, Vale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent / c/o Edward James Browning, 1 Orchard Terrace, Glastonbury, Devon. Formerly town postman.

Home, 10th September 1914 to 6th December 1914; BEF, 7th December 1914 to 17th December 1914.

10th September 1914, enlisted; 14th September 1914, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th October 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th November 1914, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 7th December 1914, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Commemorated at  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Belgium.


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