William was born in Bolton in 1890. He was the step son of Henry Holden and son of his wife Sarah. He married, in 1915, Hilda Hurrell, daughter of Charles Hurrell, a butchers labourer, who in lived in Poundwell Street of Modbury
He joined the Army and in 1911 he was serving with 1 Bn, The Kings Own Rifles (The Royal Lancashire Regiment) in India before returning to Dover in 1912. He was a Sergeant in the 3rd Battalion. The Battalion moved to Plymouth in 1915 to supply drafts of trained infantrymen as replacements to regular battalions serving overseas. He was killed in action while serving with the 8th Bn at the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
He died on 26th September 1917 aged 27. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
|Next of Kin:||Step son of Henry Holden and son of his wife Sarah Holden. Husband of Hilda (nee Hurrell) of Modbury|
|Unit||3rd Bn, Kings Own Rifles ( The Royal Lancashire Regt)|
|Died On:||26th September 1917|
|Where:||Flanders, 3rd Battle of Ypres|
|Where Buried:||No Known Grave|
|Remarks||3rd Bn moved to Plymouth in 1915 to supply drafts of trained infantrymen as replacements to regular battalions serving overseas|