I like to encourage children and young peoples interest in
Alice is the daughter of a friend of mine, she was given a
postcard by a mutual friend of her dads and mine Clive Stewart. The postcard was
sent in 1915 from Albert Holman to his mother, 14 months later he would be
killed during the battle of the Somme. The following is the research completed
ALBERT EDWARD Holman, his family.
Albert's parents were John Holman (b1858) June QTR, East
Grinstead and Matilda Caroline Stanford (b 1857) March Qtr Maidstone. They got
married September Qtr 1888 in Croydon.
They had at least 5 children that can so far be traced. All the
children were born in Worth Sussex.
Louisa (b 1891)
ALBERT (b 1893)
Kate (b 1894)
Robin (b 1899)
Grace (b 1900)
ALBERT'S dad John,his occupation as shown in the census's of 1901
and 1891 was a gamekeeper. Before that, as shown on the 1881 census he was a
World War I started in August 1914 and ended in November 1918.
Albert joined the Royal Sussex Regiment as a private, serial number (SD/680). He
died on 03-Sept-1916 during the later stages of the Battlef the Somme, he was
just 23 years old. Albert has no known grave (his body was destroyed or lost,
during the continuing battle). He is commemorated on pier and face 7C of the
Thiepval Memorial to The Missing, there are 73,137 names on the memorial,
including AlLBERT's all those names have no known grave. Thiepval is a small
village in the Somme region of Northern France that was completely destroyed
during World War I, it has only been partially rebuilt since then and is much
smaller than it was before the war.
Picture courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
I do not at the moment know, when ALBERT enlisted (joined) the
Army, but I have a postcard that he wrote to his mom while he was at army
training camp in Maidstone in Kent. The postcard was posted on 28-Jul-1915.
Albert was killed just over 14 months after writing and posting that postcard.
ALBERT wrote the postcard in pencil and in places it is quite
faint and difficult to read, the postcard is after all 92 years old. After
looking at the writing with a magnifying glass, the following is what I think it
" My Dear Mother am still alive and kicking, after a fashion. I
don't like this place much. Thank you so much for cakes. I think they were the
means of saving my life last week. Our grub is not up to much, but better than
it was. I am still A1, but we are always getting wet, this is a place for
storms, we get one every day. Excuse............as am very busy. I think K
(Kitchener) is coming down here next week. Give love to all also Andy. Love Bert
In the census's of 1891 and 1901 the family were living at Mount
Noddy in Worth Sussex.
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the family
were still living there in the early 1920's
||HOLMAN, ALBERT EDWARD
||Royal Sussex Regiment
||"C" Coy. 11th Bn.
||Son of John and Matilda
Holman, of Mount Noddy, Worth, Sussex.
||Commonwealth War Dead
||Pier and Face 7 C.
Above is a copy of the casualty details for ABERT.
This sort of information was gathered by the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission in the 1920's for each man who died in the war. It shows that
ALBERT's parents were still living in Mount Noddy, Worth, Sussex.