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Last amended 17.3.2011. Minor edits 17.2.2014.

1365, Private Algernoon HOLLIDAY — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

His name is shown on a Crimean War memorial set in front of the Queen's Hotel at Cheltenham. In view of this, he was most probably born at Cheltenham, or in the district. See also Further information, below.

1841 Census

Badgeworth, Cheltenham.

An "Agournal" Holliday is shown, 14, with brothers Charles, 15, and John, 11, living with their father John, 35, a blacksmith. [CP]

Enlistment

Enlisted at Bath on the 18th of October 1850.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: None shown.

Service

Medals

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Sebastopol.

Commemorations

His name is shown on a Crimean War memorial set in front of the Queen's Hotel at Cheltenham.

Death & burial

Killed in action at Balaclava.

Further information

1881 Census

14 Stoneville Street, Cheltenham.

A Charles Holliday is shown in the 1881 Census, aged 56, born Cheltenham. Included in this man's household is a son, Algernon, 19, born at Newbridge. Also shown is a daughter Annie, born Aldershot.

In light of these facts it is reasonable to assume that Charles Holliday had served in the Army, too, and was a brother of Algernon killed at Balaclava. This also substantiates the Cheltenham connection. [RM]

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1841 kindly provided by Chris Poole.


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