Holdaway, David Frederick

He was the only son of Edwin Browning Holdaway and Rose Holdaway, of Winchester, and was the only grandson of Frederick William Holdaway (Mayor of Winchester 1911-12). After leaving Quirister School, where he was a day boy under Mr. E.G. Williams, he completed his education (with the aid of a College Scholarship) at Peter Symonds’ School, Winchester. From there he entered the Civil Service, where he showed great promise.

He joined the Royal Corps of Signals in 1940, was commissioned in 1942, and was sent to GHQ in the Middle East. He was marked for promotion, both in the service and on return to civil life, but he died in Cairo on February 2nd 1945, aged twenty-eight, and was buried in grave 4.E.14 of the Heliopolis Cemetery, Cairo. He left a widow, Eda Holdaway, of Rochdale, Lancashire, but no children.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Holdaway
  • Forenames or initials: David Frederick
  • House: Quirister
  • Years in School: 1925-1928
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Corps of Signals
  • Date of Birth: 24th September 1916
  • Date of Death: 2nd February 1945
  • How Died: Died of unknown causes
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Heliopolis Cemetery, Cairo: Grave 4.E.14