Robert Carter Holroyd (1919-1940)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Robert Carter Holroyd was born on 6 May 1919, the son of scrap metal worker James E. Holroyd and his wife Agnes (née Carter) of Thongsbridge.

At the time of the 1939 Register, the family was living at Spring Grove, Thongsbridge and Robert was working as a scrap metal driver.

He served as a driver with 4th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps, and went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

The British Army Casualty List No. 90 for the 24 hours ending noon 2 January 1940 listed "Dvr. R. Holroyd" (later amended to "Dvr. R.C. Holroyd") of "4th M.T. Company" as being "dangerously ill". His death on 5 January was duly reported in Casualty List No. 94 on 6 January.

He is commemorated on the memorial at St. Andrew's Church, Thongsbridge, although his surname is misspelled "Holdroyd".

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
  • died: 5 January 1940
  • record ID: 790955
  • notew: "Son of James E. and Agnes Holroyd, of Thongs Bridge, Yorkshire."