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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
George Robert was the second son of William and Elizabeth Holton. Willliam Holton was born in Spalding (birth registered 1853 J/F/M) as was his wife, Elizabeth Jane Keal. They were married on 29 March 1874 at Nottingham St Peter and had six children: Sarah Ann K (b. 1873), John William (b. 1875), George Robert (b. 1878), Ernest Albert (b. 1882), Percy (b. 1887) and Horace Frederick (b. 1889). With the exception of Sarah who was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, all the children were born in Bulwell, Nottingham. In 1891 William (38), a platelayer's labourer, and Elizabeth (36) were living at 1 Coventry Road, Bulwell, with their six children Sarah (18) a lace scalloper, John (16) a bricklayer's labourer, George (12), Ernest (8), Percy (4) and Horace (1). Sarah married Jabez Ford (b. 1861, Denby Derbyshire) in 1895 (marriage registered J/A/S Basford) and in 1901 she and Jabez (40) were living at 28 Coventry Road, Bulwell, with their three children, John William (4), George Frederick (3) and Albert (6 months). John and George were born in Ripley, Derbyshire, while Albert was born in Bulwell. John married Emma Martha J Russell (b. Manchester) in 1896 (marriage registered J/A/S Basford) and in 1901 they were living at 9 Freehold Street, Bulwell, with their only child, Florence C. (7). William and Elizabeth were still living at Coventry Road in 1901 with their other four children, George (22) a flower pot maker, Ernest (18) a railway platelayer, Percy (14) a coal miner, and Horace (11) who was still at school. By 1911 only the youngest child, Horace (21) a labourer in a pottery factory, was still living at home with William and Elizabeth. Horace married Beatrice M Young three years later in 1914 (marriage registered J/A/S Nottingham). Sarah Ford and her husband Jabez, a watchman for a dye works, were still living at 28 Coventry Road; they now had six children: John (15) and George (13) both working as flower pot potters, Albert (10), Elizabeth Alice (8), Percy (2) and Minnie (one month). The three youngest children were born in Bulwell. John and his wife Emma were still living at 9 Freehold Street; John was working at a brickworks. They had three children, Florence (14) an errand girl, Emma EJ (7) and Albert Percy (1). All the children were born in Bulwell. George had married Fanny Priestley in 1901 (marriage registered A/M/J Basford) and in 1911 they were living at 30 Coventry Road, Bulwell, with their five children George Horace (9), Eliza Elizabeth (8), William (6), Frank (3) and Albert Percy (1). All the children were born in Bulwell. They may have had a fifth son, Richard, who was born in 1912 (birth registered A/M/J Nottingham, mother's maiden name Priestley). Ernest had married Bertha Jones (b. 1882, Nottingham) in 1905 (marriage registered O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living at 12 Amanda Street, Bulwell. Ernest was still working on the railway. They had two children but only one, Leonard (3), was in the house on the night of the census. Percy had married Annie Elizabeth Woolley (birth registered 1883 J/F/M Basford) in 1907 and in 1911 he and his wife were living at 90 Welbeck Street, Creswell, Derbyshire. Percy was a second ganger of platelayers. Also living with them was Annie's brother, Amos Woolley (20), who was a platelayer's labourer. At the time of George's death in 1915 the family was living at 41 Latimer Street although they had previously lived at 2 Bradford Street, Bulwell. George's widow, Fanny, may have remarried as there is a record of a marriage between a Fanny Holton and a Frederick E Lambley in 1925 (marriage registered J/F/M Nottingham); Fanny Lambley died aged 72 in 1951 (death registered March, Southwell). Two of George's brothers-in-law also died in the war: George Priestley joined the RMLI (PO/14346 Private) and was killed on 18 March 1915 while serving in HMS Irresistible; Harry Priestley served in the Royal Garrison Artillery (113811 Gunner) and died of a cerebral tumour on 10 August 1917 while serving in France. (See T2T ROH) Of Robert's siblings: John died in 1934 aged 59 (death registered March, Nottingham), Horace died on 2 May 1944, Percy probably died on 12 May 1959 and Sarah Ann Ford was widowed in 1940 and died aged 86 in 1959 (death registered June, Nottingham)
In 1901 he was a flower pot maker and was still following this occupation in 1911
06 Oct 1915
491650 - CWGC Website
He lived in Nottingham and enlisted in Hucknall.
8th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
George was killed in action and is buried in Poelcappelle British cemetery. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
His widow Fanny was his sole legatee. Nottingham Evening Post, 29 October 1915, HOLTON-PRIESTLEY. Killed in action, October 7th (sic) Rifleman George Robert Holton, 8th Batt. KRR, the dearly beloved husband of Fanny Holton, aged 38 years, 41 Latimer-street, late 2, Bradford-street, Bulwell; also my dear brother, George Priestley, of Cinder Hill, killed in action, March 18th. Sadly missed. They nobly did their duty. From his sorrowing wife and children.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post ‘In Memoriam’, Saturday 7 October 1916: ‘Holton. In loving memory of my dear husband, Rfn. George Robert Holton, KRRC, killed in action October 7th (sic) 1915, late of Bulwell. Devoted husband, a loving friend, one of the best that God could send. Loving wife and children.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    George Robert Holton - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle