• Christina Drummond

Private Frank Holtham, 1st/1st South Midland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Private Frank Holtham, 1st/1st South Midland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, died from wounds sustained some time earlier on the western front.

His pre-war occupation was given as a bamboo worker. At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted to serve with the 1st South Midland Field Ambulance, a territorial unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps based in Birmingham. They mobilised for war on the 5th of August, 1914, and went from Southampton to Le Havre in March of 1915, being based at Cassel – a city with a strategic position, being close to Ypres and the British General Headquarters at Saint-Omer, under the command of Sir John French. Private Holtham succumbed to his injuries after having been shot by a sniper in the course of his duties. He is buried in the Louvencourt Military Cemetery, at Picardie in France.

Frank, from Birmingham, was 33 years old and married.

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