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- Biography -
- Harry Philip Holbrook -

Unknown person Name : Harry Philip Holbrook

Son of John Holbrook, of "South View," Foreland, Bembridge; husband of Violet Holbrook, of "Thornton," Bembridge, Isle of Wight.

Born 1887 Bembridge. His mother was Mary Ann Holbrook (née Bull), (died 1901).

Married 1914 Violet Sterling at Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge; one son, Gilbert Harry, born 1917.
  Census information :

1891 : John and Mary Holbrook, and children including Harry aged 3, are at Culver Cottage, Foreland, Bembridge. John Holbrook is a Mariner.

1901 : John Holbrook, a widower, and children including Harry aged 13, are at Culver Cottage, Foreland, Bembridge. John Holbrook is a Fisherman.

1911 : John Holbrook, with his second wife Louisa, and children including Harry aged 23, are at Culver Cottage, Foreland, Bembridge. Both John and Harry Holbrook are Fishermen.

  Service Details :

Sergeant 11206 Harry Philip Holbrook, 2nd Bn Hampshire Regiment

  Casualty Details :

Died 12 August 1918, aged 31

Buried at Borre British Cemetery, Nord, France.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bembridge War Memorial
Bembridge Roll of Honour
Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge, War Memorial
County War Memorial

Harry Holbrook is named in the IW Football Association Roll of Honour
  Documents :


Friday, August 23, 1918 Page 3

We regret to learn that Sergt. Harry Holbrook, Hants Regiment, has been killed in the trenches in France. He was the youngest son of Mr. John Holbrook, cox-swain of the Bembridge lifeboat, and was himself a member of the lifeboat crew, and like his brother, Sergt. "Teddy" Holbrook, was a prominent member of the Bembridge football team. Deceased was one of the first to join up from here. He married a daughter of Mr. Charles Sterling, and has one son, for whom, and the family, much sympathy is felt.

  Further Information :

Harry Holbrook's brother-in-law, Gilbert Sterling, was also killed in the Great War.

Harry Holbrook was an uncle of John Sterling Hesk who died while serving with the RAF in 1941.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 10 February 2012 (added Sterling link)


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