Alfred Charles Holley

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Bournemouth
Regiment: Devonshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 6915
Died: 24th April 1915, aged 28 years
Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium


Alfred was the fourth of 10 known siblings born to George and Rosina Holley (nee Pearce), who married in Dorchester in 1879.

The couple are known to have had 13 children so it must be assumed that a further 3 died in infancy.


George, a bricklayer, was born in Romsey in 1859. There is evidence that he was in the Romsey Workhouse at the 1871 Census.

He died in Southampton in 1939.


Rosina was born in Dorchester in 1861 and she passed away in Southampton in 1922.



William Alfred   b. 1880 Dorchester   d. 1882 Dorchester

Elizabeth Alice   b. 1882 Dorchester   d. 1902 Shirley   Married Alfred James Tillyer in Shirley in 1902.

William George   b. 1884 Bournemouth   d. 1964 Southampton

Alfred Charles 

John Samuel   b. 1888 Bournemouth   d. 1966 Southampton   Married Martha H. Figgins in Southampton in 1913.

Henry (Harry)   b. 1890 Bournemouth   d. 1960 Edmonton   Married Ellen M. Stocker in Southampton in 1919.

Walter   b. 1893 Bournemouth   d. 9 August 1916 France   Married Violet L. Barrett in Southampton in 1914. See separate story.

Bessie Annie   b. 1897 Shirley   d. 1962 Southampton

Annie   b. 1899 Shirley   d. 1980 Southampton   Married Thomas W. Gledhill in Southampton in 1924.

Albert Frank   b. 1908 Shirley   d. 1976 Southampton   Married Lilian D. Brown in Southampton in 1941.


Alfred married Kate Elizabeth Ridges in Shirley in 1908. The couple had 2 children and the family lived at 40 Howards Grove, Shirley.

Kate was born in Shirley in 1880 and she remarried a year after Alfred’s death, to Edward S. Houghton.

Kate passed away in Southampton in 1950.


Kate Elizabeth   b. 1909 Shirley   d. 1999 Southampton   Married Clarence G. Conroy in Southampton in 1937. Married Edward Budd in Southampton in 1945.

Alfred Charles    b. 1913 Shirley   d. 2008 Romsey   Married Lilian F. de Saint Croix in Southampton in 1955. Married Eileen M. Mintrim in Southampton in 1972.

Died in Woodley Grange Rest Home, Romsey in December 2008.



The 1st Dorsetshires were formed in Belfast in August 1914 and landed at Le Havre on the 16th of that month, as part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division.


Alfred was almost certainly killed during the Battle of Hill 60 (17 April – 7 May 1915) near Ypres.

The hill was captured very quickly, with minimal casualties, but holding it proved much more costly.


Hill 60 was eventually recaptured by the Germans on May 5th 1915.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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