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Name: Mary Holman

Burial Number: 1602

Gender: Female

Born: 00/12/1839

Died: 17/12/1934

Buried: 20/12/1934


Mary Louisa Carter was born in Kennington, Kent, she was baptised on 17th December 1839; she was the daughter of Lieutenant George Carter, Royal Wiltshire Militia, 45yrs, and Mary, 28yrs, nee Tufnell. Mary had a younger brother, George, born in France in 1841. Her father died when she was very young and she lived with her mother and brother in Canterbury and then Dover until her marriage   to Thomas Holman, on 23rd July 1861.

Over the following 20 years the couple had 15 children, 3 died in infancy. They were residents of Eastbourne, Sussex, and after retiring from the army, Thomas became a well-known businessman in the town. It was a wealthy household, employing a footman, children’s nurses and various domestic staff. Mary’s mother lived with the family for the rest of her life, and they had all moved to Worthing, Sussex, by 1891, where they lived at 5, Heene Terrace, on the sea front.

On 24th January 1899, Thomas was admitted to the Holloway Sanatorium in Egham, Surrey, suffering from ‘general paralysis of the insane’; he died there on 29th December 1899, aged 62yrs. Mary’s mother died in 1907, aged 95yrs, and she moved to Broomfield, Broadwater Road, with her unmarried daughter, Muriel.

Mary Louisa lived to an even greater age than her mother, dying on 17th December 1934, aged 96yrs. She died in a nursing home where she had been resident for over a year, her last address was 19, Oxford Road, Worthing, probate was granted to Albert Basset Holman, retired headmaster, and Florence Rose Frances Holman, spinster, effects £2196 18s 1d. Value 2023 – £193,800.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 20

Exact Location (what3words): trout.actors.fumes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Mary Louisa Holman is buried under the headstone for Mary Carter


In loving memory of my darling mother Mary Carter (Memie) widow of the late George Carter who passed away April 10th 1907 "Blessed are the pure in heart" R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Mary Louisa Holman

Gender: Female

Born: 00/12/1839

Town: Kennington

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name:Carter

Marriage Date: 23/07/1861

Spouse First Name: Thomas

Spouse Last Name: Holman

Town of Marriage: Dover

County of Marriage: Kent

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 17/12/1934

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Broomfield

Address line 2: 19

Address line 3: Oxford Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


OLD RESIDENT’S DEATH. The death occurred on Monday in a Worthing Nursing Home. where she had been since a year ago last October, of Mrs. Mary Louisa Holman. of Broomfield. 19, Oxford Road, Worthing, at the advanced age of 96. The widow of Captain Thomas Holman. Mrs. Holman had lived in Worthing for just on half a century. She was one of the original members of the congregation of St. Andrew’s Church and had been very interested in social work in Worthing, more especially in connection with St. Andrew’s. Until a year or so ago she was remarkably active for her age. The funeral is taking place to-morrow (Thursday), the interment in the family grave at Heene being preceded by a service at St. Andrew’s Church at 1.30 p.m.



The death took place on Monday, at a Worthing nursing home of Mrs. Mary Louisa Holman, widow of Captain Thomas Holman, Royal Wiltshire Regiment, who was the first secretary and manager of Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. Mrs. Holman, who as well as her husband, will be remembered by many of the older residents of Eastbourne, was within a little more than three years of reaching her century, she being in her 97th year. Captain Holman, besides his appointment at Devonshire Park, was secretary of the Devonshire Club and also of Eastbourne College, and he was the first Returning Officer for the Borough in 1883, when Eastbourne was incorporated. Of the fifteen children born in Eastbourne, three died in infancy and the eldest (Captain Harry Holman) as the result of an accident in 1924. The other eleven children are all living.

Mrs. Holman’s mother, Mrs. George Carter, of Kennington Hall, Ashford, who was well known in the early days of Eastbourne, lived to the great age of 95.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2196 18 s 01 d

Current value of effects: £193800

Census Information


Living at 3, St. George’s Fields, Canterbury, Kent. Mary Carter, Hd. 30yrs, widow, Independent, 2 children, Mary Louisa, 10yrs, George, 9yrs, 2 visitors, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at 6, Claremont Place, Dover, Kent. Mary Carter, Hd. 40yrs, widow, Independent, daughter, Mary Louisa, 19yrs, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at Burlington Road, Eastbourne, Sussex. Thomas Holman, 35yrs, Hd. Captain, Royal Wiltshire Militia, wife, Mary Louisa, 30yrs, 6 children, Emily, 7yrs, Helen, 6yrs, Harry, 4yrs, Arthur, 3yrs, Florence, 2yrs, Alice, 9months, mother-in-law, Mary Carter, 50yrs, plus 5 domestic servants.


Living at 10, Wilmington Square, Eastbourne, Sussex. Thomas Holman, 44yrs, Hd. Retired Army Captain, wife, Mary Louisa, 40yrs, 9 children, Emily, 17yrs, Helen, 16yrs, Florence, 12yrs, Alice, 10yrs, Albert, 9yrs, Edwin, 8yrs, Stanley, 5yrs, Kathleen, 3yrs, Annie, 1yr, mother-in-law, Mary Carter, 60yrs, plus 5 domestic servants.


Living at 5, Heene Terrace, Worthing, Sussex. Mary Carter, Hd. 69yrs, widow, living on own means, daughter, Mary Louisa Holman, 49yrs, 9 grandchildren and 4 domestic servants.


Living at 5, Heene Terrace, Worthing, Sussex. Mary Carter, Hd. 80yrs, widow, living on own means, daughter, Mary Louisa Holman, 56yrs, widow, 2 granddaughters, Annie, 21yrs, Muriel, 19yrs, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at Broomfield, Broadwater Road, Worthing, Sussex. Mary Louisa Holman, Hd. 69yrs, widow, private means, daughter, Muriel, 29yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.

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