William Holloway | Profile

Regiment Rank Service No Place of Birth Date of Death Age Burial
4th Worcesters Private 17783 Lye 4 June 1915 26 Helles Memorial, Turkey

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
7 Wren Street, Woodsetton, Staffordshire.
Frederick B. Holloway (40, Chain Maker, born Stourbridge), his wife Laura E. (37, born Stourbridge), and their 7 children: Ethel (14, born Stourbridge), William (12, born Stourbridge), Minnie (8, born Stourbridge), Harold (6, born Stourbridge), Alice (4, born Stourbridge), Benjamin (3, born Stourbridge), and Frederick (3 months, born Dudley).

1911 Census
7 Wren Street, Woodsetton, Staffordshire.
Laura Holloway (47, Widow, born Stourbridge), and 4 of her 7 surviving children of 11: William (22, Blacksmith’s Striker, born Stourbridge), Harold (16, Machinist, born Stourbridge), Benjamin (13, Labourer, born Stourbridge), and Mary (7, School, born Woodsetton).

Personal Life

William Holloway landed with the 4th Worcesters at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915. He would have seen action at the First and Second Battles of Krithia and was to lose his life at the third Battle of Krithia on 4th June.

Cause of Death

On the 4th June 1915, the 4th Worcesters launched their attack at 12 noon after an artillery bombardment; the Worcesters quickly gained their limited objectives of two lines of Turkish trenches. On their right the advance was equally successful, but on their left the 14th Sikhs foundered against deadly machine gun fire. This meant that the Worcesters’ left flank was unsupported, and they were forced to create a defensive flank which was under heavy fire for much of the day. The Worcesters lost 60 men on the 4th June, including William Holloway. William has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

  • WOODSETTON WIDOW’S SON’S DEATH | Dudley Herald, 4th September 1915
    After having been reported missing since June, the death is now officially announced of Private William Holloway, of the 4th Worcesters, which took place in the Dardanelles. Holloway was one of three soldier sons of a widow residing at 7, Wren Street, Woodsetton. Prior to the outbreak he was employed as a blacksmith at the Horseley Works, Tipton. He was 26 years of age, and highly respected by all who knew him. The deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved mother.