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holden-brothersThese were the sons of Margaret and Thomas Holden, living at 96 Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901. Their children were Maria, Alfred, Richard, William and Harry. By 1911, Richard, William and Harry were living with their mother and younger sister, Doris May, at 44 Shepherd Street, Wolverhampton. The brothers were featured in the Midland Counties Express on 28 August 1915.

Alfred (on the left) was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. He served with the 1st South Lancashire Regiment, and his whereabouts were unknown in August 1915. He appears to have survived the war, but I have not been able to track down further details of his life.

Richard Thomas (bottom) was born in Wolverhampton in 1892. He was working as a packer in a hardware factory in 1911 (although his middle name was now George), and later worked as a packer for H. Loveridge & Co. In 1912 he enlisted in the 4th Staffordshire Battery of the Royal Field Artillery (number 894, later 676958), when his address was 33 Ashland Street, Wolverhampton. He served throughout the war until February 1919. In 1915, he married Margaret Fox in Wolverhampton, and the couple had five children – Clarice M. (1916), Hilda E. (1919), Millicent I. (1921), Richard G. R. (1924) and Victor D. H. (1928).

William (right) was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, and was working as a bobber and polisher at a brass factory in 1911. William enlisted with the 1st/6th South Staffordshire Regiment. He, too, survived the war, but I have been unable to confirm further details of his life.

Harry (centre) was born in about 1897, and was working as an errand boy for a tin workers shop in 1911. Harry served with the 3rd Field Ambulance, and again, survived the war, but I have been unable to find further details.

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