HOLMAN, John (Jack)

Lieutenant, "C" Sqdn., 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish).

Born

Son of the late John Harry Holman (Engineer) and of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Holman, of Tregerma, Camborne, Cornwall.

Education

Blundell’s School, entering at the age of 10. “Junior House”, September 1905 – Easter 1907; “Petergate”, September 1909 – Easter 1914.

Death

29th October 1914, aged 20.
Died of wounds.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave I. A. 2.
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Memorial

Boulogne-sur-Mer is a large Channel port. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, (Cimetiere de L'Est) is a large civil cemetery, split in two by the Rue de Dringhem, just south of the main road (RN42) to St Omer. The Commonwealth War Graves plot is located down the western edge of the southern section of the cemetery.
Boulogne was one of the three base ports most extensively used by the Commonwealth armies on the Western Front throughout the First World War and formed one of the chief hospital areas. Until June 1918, the dead from the hospitals at Boulogne itself were buried in the Cimetiere de L'Est, and now contains 5,577 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The Commonwealth plots which form a long, narrow strip along the right hand edge of the cemetery were designed by Charles Holden.

After death

In March 1916 flowers were sent anonymously to the Chapel at Blundell’s in his memory. (Possibly in commemoration of his 21st birthday).

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Records Office, National Archives, Kew: WO 339/ and Medal Rolls: WO372/9
“The Blundellian”
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5071 and 5343
“Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France” (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 1/5

 

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