Norton Holes

Date of birth: 1885
Place of birth: Millbrook, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Drina
Rank / Service No: Fourth Engineer Officer
Died: 1st March 1917, aged 31 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Norton was the eighth of 9 known siblings born to Stephen and Ann Holes (nee Bottomer), who married in Southampton in 1867.

The couple are known to have had 10 children so one must have died in infancy.


Both parents came from the New Forest, with Stephen born in Sway in 1843 and Ann in Boldre in 1847.


Ann passed away in Southampton in 1914, and Stephen died in the city in 1930.



Alexander   b. 10 March 1869 Southampton   d. 1941 Southampton   Married Jane Julia Vandin in Southampton in 1891 (3 children).

Henry Thomas b, 2 March 1871 Sholing   d. 1940 Knaresborough   Married Lily Bury in Bournemouth in 1924.

Stephen   b. 1872 Southampton   d. 1942 Southampton   Married Louisa Mary Heavens in Southampton in 1903. Married Amelia E. Tratt in Southampton in 1923.

Joseph Edwin   b. 1877 Exmouth   d. 1958 Bournemouth   Married Minnie Farquharson in Bournemouth in 1922.

Florence   b. 1879 Exmouth   d. 1968 Southampton

Ernest  b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1965 Southampton   Married Ellen Maria Wilkins in Southampton in 1910.

Edgar   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1965 Southampton   Married Eva H. Russell in Southampton in 1917.


Gertrude Maud   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1971 Southampton   Married William J. Hall in Southampton in 1910.


Norton married Beatrice Emma Arnfield in Southampton in 1910. The couple lived at 58 Archer’s Road, Shirley and had 2 children……

Erminie Beryl   b. 1910 Southampton   d. 1990 Winchester   Married Beverley Roy Stallwood in Southampton in 1939.

Beverley was born in the same year and also died in 1990.


Norton Stephen E.   b. 1914 Southampton   d. ??   Married a Miss Hill in 1940. Alive in 1967, running a store at 133 Rownhams Road.

Beatrice and Erminie were living with Gertrude and William at the 1911 Census, so Norton must have been away at sea.

Beatrice was born in Dewsbury in 1888 and she passed away in Winchester in 1970.



Drina was a passenger steamer built in Belfast in 1913. At the outbreak of war, she was requisitioned as a hospital ship (the first one in WW1) before being refitted as a cargo ship.


On a voyage from Buenos Aires to Liverpool, with passengers and 4,000 tonnes of cargo, Drina was sunk by a torpedo fired from UC-65 (Otto Steinbrink) 2 miles west of Milford Haven.


From a complement of 334 crew and passengers, 15 lost their lives.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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