Gunner Albert George Holden
185631 Royal Garrison Artillery
Died of Wounds 13th May 1918, aged 34
Lived at 16 Aquaduct Street
Buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium
Burnley Express 26th June 1918 - 26th June 1918
St Peters Memorial, Burnley

Albert George Holden was born in Burnley the son of Albert Holden and was the husband of Maggie Holden of 16, Aqueduct Street, Burnley (and later of 63 Albert Street South S Blackpool. He enlisted in Burnley and served as Gunner 185631 in the 166th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died of wounds aged 34 on Monday 13th May 1918. He is buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery Poperinghe, Belgium in grave V A 34. His family had the inscription “Memories” placed on his grave stone.

The Burnley Express of June 26 1918 reported:-
“Artilleryman’s Death;-

In Saturday’s roll of honour appeared the name of Gunner 85361 Albert George Holden of the R.G.A. as having been killed in action on May 13th. His home was at 16 Aqueduct Street. Mrs Holden had previously received an intimation that he had been wounded, but she received no further news until the official announcement of his death. Aged 34 and a weaver at Messrs. Collinge’s Burnley Wood Mill. Gunner Holden enlisted in August 1916 and went to France the following July. He was a member of St Mary’s R.C. Church.”

The Burnley News of Saturday June 22nd 1918 reported:-
“Burnley Artilleryman. Official Intimation Of Death from Wounds.

Mrs Holden who resides at 16, Aqueduct Street, Burnley on Thursday morning received an official notification from the Record Office, Dover, of the deat5h from wounds of her husband, Gunner Albert George Holden Royal Garrison Artillery, 155th Siege Battery. Mrs Holden had been previously informed of her husband having been wounded, but there was no intimation in that message as to the hospital to which he had been removed. Thursday’s letter informed her that Gunner Holden died in “Hospital D’Evacuation, D’Haringho, France” on May 13th.

Gunner Holden was 34 years of age and had been in the army two years. He went out to France in July last, since when he had not been home on leave. He had been expected to be allowed home shortly before he sustained the wounds which unfortunately proved fatal. Prior to joining up he was a weaver at Messrs. Collinge’s Mill, Parliament Street, where Mrs Holden is also employed. Gunner Holden formerly attended St Mary’s Church; and was well known in the district, and held in very high esteem by a large circle of friends.”

Wedding on 13/4/12 at St Peter’s Church. Albert George Holden, aged 28 bachelor, weaver, of 61 Reed Street, son of Albert Holden, overlooker (deceased) married Maggie Pollard aged 23 spinster ,weaver, of 16 Aqueduct Street daughter of Matthew Pollard, weaver. Witnesses were Albert Williams and Gertrude Williams.





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