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Thomas Holt


Thomas Holt was born in 1893 to James and Ellen Holt of 20 Calderbrook Road, in Littleborough, Lancashire. James was a Foreman Mechanic in the cotton industry and was originally from nearby Rochdale.

Early Life

Thomas had a younger sister, Mary Ellen, and grew up in Littleborough. He was a keen cyclist and a member of the Littleborough Cycling Club.

Chester College

On the 1911 Census, Thomas (aged 18) was recorded as being a Pupil Teacher at Littleborough Central School. He then attended Chester College and left in 1912.

Military Service

Thomas enlisted into the Army and joined the London Regiment 9th Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) as Rifleman Thomas Holt 392290. He went to France with his regiment on the February 4, 1917.

Lest We Forget

Thomas was killed in action on July 8, 1917 on the front line in Havrincourt, France.

Post Mortem

Thomas was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country.

He is buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery, in France.