Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE WILLIAM HOLDSTOCK, 11/1234. Born in 1886, William was the youngest of five children to Thomas and Ann Holdstock. A Slate Enameler’s Labourer by trade, he married Jane Davis in December 1907 and the couple had three children Annie (1909), William Jnr (1911) and Harold (1914). Unfortunately, William Jnr died in 1912 in what was a dark echo of days to come. The family lived at 5 Villa Terrace, Swann Street, Hull. When war came, William enlisted at City Hall on 12th December 1914 joining the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Tradesmen’, 2nd Hull Pals. A veteran of Egypt and the Somme, he was wounded in the face and eye during the attack on Oppy Wood and withdrawn to 19th Casualty Clearing Station where he later died of wounds. William was buried in a plot 4 miles west north west of Arras in a place that later became known as Duisans British Cemetery; he was 31 years old. He left a widow and two children at this address. His death was reported in the Hull Dail Mail, on 27/05/1917.