Holman, Paul

Private 1625 Paul Holman.  1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company.  Killed in action on 16th February 1915 when hit by a “stray shot” whilst on sentry duty outside of the company billets, aged 22.  Buried in Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Grave of Paul Holman, HAC.

Grave of Paul Holman, HAC.

  • Born in Streatham, London on 7th February 1893
  • Educated at Banstead Hall private school, Banstead and Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Member of the Cambridge University Operatic Society and keen sportsman
  • Admitted into the HAC on 26th August 1914, shortly after sitting final bar examination
  • Went to France on 18th September 1914
  • Killed in action on night of 16th/17th February 1915, aged 22, when hit by a “stray shot” while on sentry duty outside the billets in Locre
  • Buried Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Belgium
  • Grave ref. II.E.3.
  • Second son of Herbert Holman (Barrister and Liberal candidate for Mid Devon Division (1915)) and Sophia Hawkes Holman, nee Andrew.
  • Brother of Dorothy Andrew Holman (1888-1983, painter and founder of Topsham Museum, Exeter), Alwyn Haswell Holman (1890-1940, barrister, served with Royal Navy during WW1), Eileen T Holman (b.c.1892), Hester M Holman (b.c.1899) and Herbert Leigh Holman (1900-1982, barrister and first husband of actress Vivien Leigh)
  • Also commemorated on the war memorial in Dawlish, Devon, which is situated adjacent to St. Gregory’s Church.
  • Also commemorated on memorial on the stairs to the gallery inside St. James Church, Piccadilly, London.

 

Extract from Western Times dated 27th February 1915:

“Mr Paul Holman was so eager to proceed to the Front that he would not wait to get a commission before doing so, and he was on the even of returning to England to take up one of the commission which had been offered him when the stray German bullet did its fatal work. “

 

Paul Holman, commemorated on Dawlish war memorial in Devon.

Paul Holman, commemorated on Dawlish war memorial in Devon.

Sources:

North Devon Journal, 4th March 1915
Database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Soldiers Died in the Great War
The Honourable Artillery Company in the Great War, G. Goold-Walker
War Diary of 1st Battalion, HAC
Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 (Ancestry.co.uk – accessed 24th March 2013)
Navy Lists, 1888-1970 (Ancestry.co.uk – accessed 24th March 2013)
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950 Record for Herbert Leigh Holman
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966
Western Times, 27th February 1915
Personal visits to grave and war memorial

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