Private 73364 William Holt

Killed in Action on Tuesday, 6th June 1916, age 22.
Commemorated on Panel 18 - 26 - 28 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

28th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt.).

Son of Mrs Elizabeth. H. Holt of 94 Shipley Street, Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay)
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Port Arthur, Canada, Resident: Port Arthur, Canada.

First landed France & Flanders, September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because his death was reported in the Tipton Herald.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1593110/

Genealogical Data

Born 24th February 1892 in Tipton.

1901 Census
38 High Street, Tipton, Staffs.
James Holt (33, Chainmaker, born Tipton), his wife Hannah E. (31, born Tipton), and their 3 children: William C. (7, born Tipton), Annie (3, born Saltney, Flintshire), and Ralph (10 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
43 Dudley Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Elizabeth Hannah Holt (41, Widow, Domestic Duties, born Tipton), and her 3 surviving children of 5: William C. (17, Miner - Hewer Underground, born Tipton), Annie (12, School, born Saltney, Flintshire), and Ralph (10, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

From Canadian on-line records.
William and his family had emigrated to Canada between the 1911 census and his attestation on 23rd October 1914 in Port Arthur, Ontario. At attestation William was 22 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a 38-inch chest. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and medium brown hair, and had a tattoo on his right forearm. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Holt of 94 Shipley Street, Port Arthur. William was unmarried and employed as a Fireman and had previously served for 3 years in the 6th South Staffs (Territorials). His religion was stated as Church of England.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 3rd February 1917
Roll of Honour
HOLT.- Lance Corporal W.C. Holt, Canadian Infantry, previously reported missing, now believed killed June 6th 1916 (late of Dudley Road, Tipton). Nephew of Mrs C. Lovatt, Scotts Green, Dudley.