George Arthur HOLDEN
Rank: Private
Number: 2176
Unit: D Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 June 1915
Age: 22
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

George had been born at Harpurhey, Manchester and lived with his parents at Brook Lea, Cheadle. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Rydal Mount, Colwyn Bay. He was a director of Messrs Smethurst & Holden (of Manchester & Crewe) of which his father was managing director and is commemorated in the Company's entry in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour. The entry also includes a Private E Holden who was, presumably, a relative. It lists this man as having been killed whilst serving with "A" Company, 20th Royal Fusiliers, but it has not been possible to identify such a man amongst the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

George's service number suggests he may have joined the Territorial Force just before War was declared in August 1914 but it is also possible that he was one of the many young men who enlisted in the days immediately after the declaration. An account of the Battalion's months of training and service in Egypt is here. Click here for details of the attack in which George was killed.

His friend Private J S Cragg wrote to the family "His death occurred during a big engagement in which a great many laid down their lives for their country and home. I learn from a friend that he was in the forefront of the fight and his end was instantaneous without the slightest suffering."


(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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