Holloway, Victor Lionel

I found Victor Lionel on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database using “Saltney” as a clue 8th November 2020, the Additional Information said he was the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Holloway; husband of Lily Holloway, of East Saltney*, Flintshire.    As far as I know, he is not remembered on any WW2 War Memorial.   He should be remembered for his sacrifice.


Victor Lionel Holloway was the only son of Ernest & Elizabeth Holloway (nee Maunder) who had married in December 1888 at Plymouth.

Ernest Holloway was born on the 29th October 1864 and Baptised on the 10th March 1872, when he was 8 years old.   The Vicar wrote that he was the 8th son of Thomas and Elizabeth Holloway, His father was a House Painter, who employed 4 men when seen on the 1871 census.

Elizabeth Maunder was born circa 1870 the daughter of Thomas & Sarah Maunder, Thomas was a Wheelwright.

Ernest Holloway was a Regular Soldier when he married Elizabeth Maunder in Plymouth, he was in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.   He had enlisted on the 20th June 1884, age 18 years 7 months at Wrexham.

The couple travelled all over the world as his Attestation Papers show, (I have copies, if anyone wants them, please contact the website) and their first child Lilian Matilda was born in Balenroke, Galway circa 1890 and their only son Victor Lionel was born in Hong Kong circa 1900.

Elizabeth Holloway died in Agra*, India when Ernest was stationed there, on the 27th July 1906 and was buried the next day on the 28th July 1906, age 34 years. *Site of the Taj Mahal.

The 1911 census shows the children living with their father Ernest Holloway at Wrexham Barracks (23rd Brigade Depot), Barracks, Wrexham. (Royal Welsh Fusiliers).   Ernest Holloway was a Quarter Master Sergeant age 47, a widower born Berkhamstead, Herts.   Lilian Matilda Holloway, was 21 and single, Victor Lionel Holloway was age 10.

Lilian Matilda Holloway was to marry on the 14th August 1917 at Wrexham to Walter Henry Fox, she was age 27 years, with Victor Lionel HOLLOWAY as a Witness.  Sadly, I believe that Victor Lionel was to lose his sister in the June quarter of 1936, age 46 years.

Victor Lionel was to meet and marry Lily Agnes in the March quarter of 1940 in a Civil Marriage or Registrar Attended Ceremony in Chester. (Cheshire West ROC/92/195).   Then or before,  he was to enlist or was conscripted into the Royal Service Corps at some point, but it might be that he was a career soldier and had been in the services for years as I cannot find him on the 1939 National Register.

Lily Agnes Hughes is seen on the 1939 National Register, taken on the 29th September 1939, living with her parents, Joseph & Agnes and sister Margaret I. Hughes.    Lily Agnes’s date of birth was given as the 27th January 1911 and she was a Shop Assistant in a Fruit and Vegetable shop and single.   This source gives us the information that she was to remarry in 1945.

I believe this to be William Alfred Jones and they married on the 12th May 1945, in St. John’s Church, Chester.( Cheshire West CE13/17/245) after Victor Lionel’s death in 1944.

Also on the 1939 National Register is Ernest Holloway, Victor Lionel’s father, who is seen living at 76 Western Road, Romford, Essex, as I presume a Boarder, in the household of Gilbert Owlett, his wife and daughter.   His date of birth of the 29th October 1864 confirms that this is the right person and he is a Clerk – Government Temporary Work.

We know that Victor Lionel was most probably in the R.A.S.C. when he married Lily Agnes, but would have to purchase the Marriage Certificate to see if he was, other than finding his Service Records, but he was to be posted to Uganda and I have no information about his service there, but I know that the R.A.S.C. were with Regiments to provide all their provisions, the website below may shed some light on their work. Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) was the unit responsible for keeping the British Army supplied with provisions. The exceptions were weaponry and ammunition, which were supplied by the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Army Service Corps – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission history information tells us that “During the Second World War, Jinja was the Uganda centre for the King’s African Rifles.”

I needed help so contacted WW2 talk who have been wonderful throughout my research:-

Thanks to davidbfpo from –  also thanks to Gmyles – who sent the Casualty List (Excerpt from – below).  He must not have been Killed in Action or by accident, he is said to have “Died” which means in Military jargon that he died from disease or natural causes.

Davidbfpo also sent – JINJA DISTRICT ARCHIVES

And especially  – – Where Victor Lionel’s name is mentioned.

Steve Mac also added that he may have been on secondment to the King’s African Rifles.

I have no idea what Victor Lionel died of so any help would be appreciated, as we must not let him be forgotten for his sacrifice.  However, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Registration Report and other documents, it seems that Victor Lionel and others were moved from the Kampala (Jinja Road) European Cemetery on the 26th May 2009 to the cemetery where he now rests.

I believe that Lily Agnes was to remarry in the June quarter of 1945 to William Alfred Jones at St. John’s Church, Chester. (Cheshire West CE13/17/245)


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