Bertie John Holloway

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Battersea, London
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Normandy
Rank / Service No: Fireman
Died: 25th January 1918, aged 35 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Bertie was the oldest of 6 siblings born to John and Elizabeth Holloway (nee Edmonds-Mallett), who married in Battersea on 11 July 1881.


John was born in Totton in 1858 and he died in Southampton in 1924.

Elizabeth was born in Yeovil in 1859 and she passed away in Bethnal Green in 1925.



Bertie John 

Frederick Charles   b. 30 October 1884 Battersea   d. 1929 Southampton

Ellen Mabel (Nellie)   b. 1886 Battersea   d. 1953 Romsey   Married Edward Henry Gange in Ryde in 1909.

Arthur George   b. 1889 Battersea   d. 1950 Southampton   Married Ethel H. Franklin in Southampton in 1914.

Grace Louisa   b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1948 Bishop’s Waltham   Married Frederick H. Morant in Southampton in 1917.

Alice Maud   b. 1899 Southampton   d. 2000 Salisbury Aged 101 years !  Married John Henry Parker in Southampton in 1929.


Bertie married Emily Alice Smith in Southampton in 1904. The couple had 4 daughters and lived at 23 Kingsley Road, Shirley.


Elsie Jane   b. 1904 Shirley   d. 1976 Southampton

Dorothy May   b. 1906 Shirley   d. 1974 Southampton   Married Norman V. Parker in Romsey in 1934.

Lilian Elizabeth   b. 1913 Shirley   d. ??

Bertha Emily   b. 1915 Shirley   d. 2002 Southampton   Married Leslie W. Fry in Romsey in 1937.


Emily Alice was born in Marylebone in 1880 and passed away in Southampton in 1967.



Bertie was one of 27 people who lost their life on the Normandy as it made its way from Southampton to Cherbourg.


It was a merchant ship, carrying general cargo and mail to the troops in France.


8 miles of Cape La Hague, the vessel was torpedoed by U-90….only 13 passengers survived.


U-90 is also known as the submarine that sank the 32,500 tonne USS President Lincoln off Brest, an American military transport ship.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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