Charles is remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


Born: 2nd July 1891, Brantham, Suffolk.

Baptised: 18th October 1891, at St. Mark’s Church, Victoria Park, Bow, London. Parents: Eliza & Arthur William Holliwell, a Xylonite Worker, of 14, New Village, Brantham, Suffolk.

Died: 2nd January 1916; Age: 24; KiA at La Bassée. He had just helped his second N.C.O., who had been badly wounded, when he was hit at the post of duty, fearlessly facing the dangers. Served 1 year & 57 days.

 Residence: 32, Royston Avenue, Chingford, Essex.

 Occupation: a Chemical Assistant.

 Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 7th November 1914; Age: 23 years & 4 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 10 1/4ins, fresh complexion, blue/grey eyes & brown hair.



Home: 7th November 1914 – 15th November 1915.

B.E.F. France: 16th November 1915 – 2nd January 1916.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: C/1027.

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 16th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Woburn Abbey Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur & Eliza Holliwell, of 47, Venner Road, Sydenham, London.




1901   14, New Village, Brantham, Suffolk.


Charles was 9 years old and living with his widow’s mother and sister.

Eliza Lilian Holliwell (nee Pratt), 37, a District Nurse, born Stratford, Essex.

Lilian Eva Holliwell, 11, born Brantham.


1911   14, New Village, Brantham, Suffolk.


Charles was 19 years old, An Assistant in a Chemical Laboratory – Xylonite Manufacturer. He was living with his mother & sister.

Eliza, 47, a Nurse – Nursing Association.

Lilian, 21, a School Teacher Assistant – County Council.

1 general domestic servant.


Charles’s father was Arthur William Holliwell, born October 1864, at 47, St. Mary Street, Woolwich, London. – died April 1896, Brantham, Suffolk. A Chemical Manufacturer.


On the 17th March 1920, Eliza Holliwell received her late son’s 1915 Star. On the 12th February 1921, the British War medal, and on the 21st September 1921, the Victory medal. The War Office had had difficult in finding Eliza, as she had moved from Royston Avenue, Chingford, on the 26th May 19120, to 47, Venner Road, Sydenham, S.E.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Holliwell – mother.


Probate to Charles Thomas Holliwell – uncle. A xylonite manufacturer.


Charles is also remembered on his father’s headstone at St. Michael the Archangel Churchyard, Brantham, and on the war memorial at Brantham.


Re. Charles William Holliwell – 16th Battalion KRRC. I would like to say that the Church Lads Brigade is still active worldwide now operating as the Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade (after amalgamating in 1978). Every year we hold a service at the National Memorial Arboretum where we have a garden or remembrance next to the millennium chapel. We remember all of our members who served their country in war and peace. 2021 will be the 130th anniversary of the incorporation of the Church Lads Brigade and our present members will be remembering and giving thanks to all of those who went before us. Alan Carter – Deputy Governor CLCGB

Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade


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