William Robert Holborow

Memorial: Hawkesbury Upton

Regiment: Gordon Highlanders

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private S/11876

Parents: Daniel and A E Holborow

Home address: Burden Court Farm, Tresham, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos

Date of birth: 1895

Place of birth: Hawkesbury, Glos

Date of death: 01/07/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: Gordon Cemetery (Sp. Mem. B. 8.), Mametz, France

Age: 21

Further information:

William Holborow was born in 1895 and was the son of Daniel and A E Holborow of Burden Court Farm, Tresham, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos

William served with the 2nd Battalion, "B" Company, Gordon Highlanders. On 1st July 1916, as the Battle of the Somme began William Holborrow was in the first wave of the assault. Going over the top at 7:30am the battalion attacked the village of Mametz bring held up by uncut German barbed wire and heavy machine gun fire. Despite this they pressed on and took their objectives. The battalion suffered very heavily in the days fighting. 16 officers and 445 other ranks, were killed, wounded or listed as missing, including William Holborow

William Robert Holborrow is remembered on the Chipping Sodbury and District War Memorial Cottage Hospital board, now at Yate and District Heritage Centre under Hawkesbury

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Many thanks to the researcher Simon Bendry
Forces War Records and CWGC