Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Sergeant Frederick Holtom
1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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Frederick Holtom was born in Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire, in 1889. He was the eldest son of Joseph and Martha Jane Holtom, and he had eight siblings. Frederick started his career as a Bottler at Messrs Kenway Ltd, Moor St., Birmingham. He joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on the 22nd November 1904 at Warwick, giving his age as 17. Fred is recorded on the 1911 census as a Private with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Ceylon and India. His regiment landed in France on 22nd August 1914. Acting Sergeant Frederick Holtom was killed in action in France on 9th April 1917. He received the Victory, British and 1914 Star medals and is remembered in the Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Although Frederick never lived in Coleshill, his parents and some of his siblings lived here at the time of his death, and both his parents are buried at Coleshill Parish Church. His brother-in-law, Sidney Stilgoe, also served during WW1, and is recorded on the list of Old Boys of the Coleshill Church School who joined up during the Great War, which is displayed in the Market Hall, Coleshill.
Coleshill Chronicle 26th May 1917 DEATHS HOLTOM – In loving memory of our dear son, Sergeant F. Holtom, who died from wounds received in action April 9th, 1917. Though lost to sight, to memory ever dear. Deeply mourned by all.
Coleshill Chronicle 13th April 1918 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM HOLTOM – In proud and loving memory of our dear brother, Sergeant Fred Holtom (Royal Warwicks), who died of wounds received in action, April 9th, 1917. When the roll is called up yonder, And our saviour counts the brave, Our brother will be amongst them, For his precious life he gave. No loved one stood beside him, To hear his last farewell, No words of comfort could he have From those who loved him well. - Sister and brother-in-law, Mr and Mrs F. S. Stillgoe, Whitacre.