Harry Holton 1890-1915
Contributed by John & Barbara Holton, parents of Fiona Williams
(Harry Holton was John Holton's uncle)
- Baptised 25 December 1890 at Tingewick
- son of John Holton & Sarah Mary Ann (nee Addison)
- He was a Kitchener Volunteer who volunteered at outbreak of 1914/1918 war
- Joined 5th Battalion Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
- on 25th September 1915 the Battle of Loos began. Harry was part of a diversionary attack on Bellewaade farm 2 1/2 miles east of Ypres just north of the Menin Road.
Out of 767 "Other Ranks" who took part that morning they suffered 463 casualties either killed or wounded. 136 were never found. Harry was one of the 136.
- Harry's name is carved on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres (Oxford and Buckinghamshire panels 37 and 39)
- Harry had a twin brother who died before he was six months old. His younger brother, Frederick (1895-1918), died in the fighting at Arras in 1918