Captain Thomas Edmund Holberton MC, 1883

Captain Thomas Edmund Holberton MC
Name prefix
Given names
Thomas Edmund
Name suffix
Birth 1883 40 36
Birth of a sisterFanny Hughes Holberton
1885 (aged 2 years)
Death of a fatherEdmund Robert Holberton
February 27, 1886 (aged 3 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherJane Denew
April 7, 1889 (aged 6 years)
Death of a brotherLt Col Philip Vaughan Holberton
March 26, 1918 (aged 35 years)
Death of a motherEmily Gertrude Bros
1930 (aged 47 years)
Family with parents
Birth: July 14, 1846 42 41St James, Piccadilly, London
Death: 1930Headington, Oxfordshire
Marriage: October 12, 1872St James, Westminster, London
15 months
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
Birth: 1879 36 32Twickenham, Middlesex
Death: March 26, 1918Achiet-le-Grand, near Arras, France
3 years
elder sister
3 years
3 years
younger sister

Courtesy of Peter FitzGibbon

General Notes: Following correspondence at

Details available in the London Gazette: LG 4-5-1915 ROYAL HOUSE ARTILLERY. West Riding. Private Thomas Edmund Holberton, from Strathcona's Horse, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 21st April, 1915. LG 8-3-1919 MC Bar: Lt. Thomas Edmund Holberton, M.C., 20th. (Hants.) Bde., R.H.A. (EGYPT), (M.C. gazetted 25th November, 1916) LG 5-5-1919: Lt. T. E. Holberton, West Riding R.H.A., to be actg. Capt. whilst comdg. a Bty., R.H.A. (T.F.). 22nd.Nov. 1918. LG 11-7-1917: TERRITORIAL FORCE. ROYAL HORSE AND ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY. 2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) T. E. Holberton, M.C., with- precedence as from 1st June 1916. 5th Aug. 1916. Don't know if you have both MC citations so: MC (LG 25-11-1916) : 2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) Thomas Edmund Holberton, R.H.A. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He directed fire and repaired telephone lines, under heavy fire, although twice thrown down by high explosive shells. MC Bar (LG 4-10-1919) : Lt. Thomas Edmund Holberton, M.C., 20th (Hants.) Bde,, R.H.A. (EGYPT) For gallant services on the 23rd September, 1918, at Makhadet El Naj. The battery, 'being in action in the open, came under very heavy fire from a concealed enemy battery; he was ordered temporarily to retire the gunners from the position, which he did with coolness in good order. It became necessary, however, to re-open fire, and he immediately led the men back to the guns and the battery re-opened fire at once, thus enabling a cavalry regiment to obtain their objective and occupy the ford. He did good work. (M.C. gazetted 25th November, 1916.)

Holberton was awarded the MC in Egypt and his citation is in the London Gazette on 4 Oct 1919. Captain Thomas Edward Holbertson, MC*, RHA Born in 1882 Educated at Shrewsbury School from Easter 1897 to 1901 and at Pembroke College, Cambridge where he received a BA in 1904 Assistant Master at Holmwood, Formby from 1904-1908 Assistant Master at Emstree from 1908 to 1911 Enlisted as a Trooper in the Inns of Court OTC Squadron (Regt. No. 394) on 31 Mar 09 Discharged on 3 Apr 11 Emigrated to Canada in 1911 Served as Assistant Master at St. Wilfred's School at Seaford from 1911 to 1914 Trooper, Strathcona's Horse from 1914-1915 2nd Lieut, West Riding Brigade, RHA TF 20 Apr 1915 Lieutenant in 1916 Acting Captain in 1918 Served with the 1/1st Hants, RHA in the Egyptian Expedition Force in Palestine and Syria from 1915-1918

At Romani on 4 August 1916 2nd Lieut. Holbertson replaced Lt Howkins (who had been killed by shellfire at the observation post) as Forward Observation Officer. At 10:45 "Lieutenant Holbertson and and the signallers withdrew from Observation Post 6, after six time renewing communications with the Battery under heavy fire." (This may be the action for which he received the MC.)

At Tell es Sarem on 23 Sept 18 "The Battery was bought into action as soon as possible and came into action directly, opening fire upon an enemy battery in a semi-covered position on the east bank at a range of 5,500 yards. Contact was arranged with the O.C. 29th Lancers. Almost as soon as the Battery opened fire, the Turks brought a heavy gun to bear upon it with great accuracy, and being in full view, and there being no possible cover to be obtained within effective range of the enemy, it was deemed advisable to retire the detachments from the guns. This was done under Lieut. T. E. Holbertson with great calmness." (Appears to be the action for which he received his Bar to the MC.) Sources: Shrewsbury School Register, Vol. 1, 1798-1908; Shrewsbury School Roll of Service 1914-1918; Pembroke College, Cambridge War List 1914-1918; The War List of the University of Cambridge 1914-1918; The Inns of Court O. T. C. during the Great War; History of the 1/1st Hants Royal Horse Artillery during the Great War, 1914-1919.


Noted events in his life were: • He resided in 1891 in Minton Villa, Church Stretton, Shropshire.337 Aged 8. Scholar. Born Teddington, Middlesex • He resided in 1901 in Kingsland, St Julian Parish, Shrewsbury, Salop.347 Aged 18. Single. Born Teddington, Middlesex • He resided in 1911 in Elstree Prep School, Edgware, Middlesex.349 Aged 28. Single. Born Teddington, Middlesex • He worked as a Schoolmaster Assistant in 1911 in Elstree Prep School, Edgware, Middlesex.349