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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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L/Cpl 22415 John Dykes Holt

  • Age: Unknown.
  • From: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
John Dykes Holt was born in Runcorn, Cheshire in 1894 the son of John and Mary Holt. John Snr had died before the war. 

John lived at 18 York Street, Runcorn with his Mother, younger brother Sidney and older sister Eva. He had two older brothers Harry and Arthur. Sidney was a well known Swimmer and later joined the RNAS, surviving the War.

Prior to enlisting John worked as an office clerk for Messrs Simpson and Davies in Runcorn High Street. John was also the correspondent for "The Wesleyan Magazine" for Brunswick, a Secretary for Brunswick Sunday School and an officer of Old Victoria FC.

John enlisted in Liverpool on 10/11/1914 joining the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 22415. He is described as being 5' 7", 117 lbs with a 34 inch chest, Grey eyes and dark brown hair.

John was killed in action on 12/07/1916 during the fighting at Trones Wood. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. 

Following his death a letter was received from one of John's friends:

" We were just being relieved after a period in the trenches when he was hit in the head by a sniper. He was carried out to the dressing station but passed away in an hours time".

Further information was recorded in the Local Newspaper as follows:

"Corporal John Dykes Holt has made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of his country.The news came in a letter to his brother from Sergeant Gowan Fayer who wrote:

"I little thought that after neglecting to write to you for so long I would be called upon to have to convey to you the sad news of Jack's death. He was hit as he was being relieved and died about an hour afterwards in a dressing station. We are all very sorry for your great loss. Every man in the company feels he has lost a real comrade. He was undoubtedly one of our best men and we shall miss him more than I can tell you.He will have been buried today in a small but steadily growing Cemetery behind the line among some of our best and our allies' army who have been called upon to make the Great sacrifice.The locality of which I will tell you later on as we are not allowed to make known the place at present. Please accept and convey to your Mother, sister and brothers, my deepest sympathy.

He was a great favourite with his comrades and was always ready to do a good turn for any of them. He was in great request for writing letters home for wounded soldiers and did all he could do to comfort them in their pain. He was also highly commended for gallant conduct:

On June 16th after a German attack on our trenches, several of the Pioneer Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment who were working in the reserve caught a lot of shelling and a number of them were wounded. Corporal Holt and three others volunteered to carry them in, although still under heavy fire. To do this they had to go up a communication trench which was full of twistings and turnings and this necessitated them returning with the stretchers raised above the top of the trench. Two days afterwards Corporal Holt and his comrades were called to the orderly room and commended for their gallant and distinguished conduct. The South Lancashires having written thanking them for their gallantry and saying they were a credit to their Battalion."

The Newspaper article was followed by a poem written by John's broken hearted Mother.


Grateful thanks are extended to Neil Thornton for providing the biography of John. 

Killed On This Day.

(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old