HOLDSWORTH, Maurice Joseph

1894 - 1988

Born in Streatham, Wandsworth district of London, on 13 December 1894, son of Henry Godfrey Holdsworth, an oil merchant, and his wife Emma Whitlock née Banes, who married at Lambeth, London in 1887. In 1911 a 15 year old apprentice living at 39 St Julians Farm Road, West Norwood, London with his parents, 64 year old Henry, now a commercial traveller, and 49 year old Emma with three siblings Godfrey Edward 23, Laurence Henry 20 and Marjorie 10. Maurice joined the regular army and after serving in the ranks in the London Regiment being promoted in 1915, 2nd Lieut in the Royal Sussex Regiment, Lieut in 1917 being awarded the Military Cross in 1918 'for distinguished service in Italy' and, after serving in the Indian army in Bannu [Pakistan], retired in 1923 with the rank of captain. He re-joined in 1940 in the Pioneer Corps and by the end of the Second World War was a Lt Col being Mentioned in Despatches. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1961 and in 1977 exhibited from Stockhouse Cottage, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk 'Man Resting' and another picture the following year and exhibited from the same address in 1980 'Orfordness' and 'Bareback in the Woods'. A member of the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1963-1973 from Benhall, there is also a member Joseph Holdsworth 1966-1969 from Benhall, who is probably the same person. He married at Ticehurst, Sussex in 1921, Winifred Peploe Earle, who died at Benhall on 7 October 1978 and Maurice died in the Deben district of Suffolk on 16 November 1988, and buried at Benhall. They had one daughter Mary R. Holdsworth, born at Guildford in 1932.