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Name: Thomas Holman

Burial Number: 0326

Gender: Male

Occupation: Soldier, Business Secretary

Born: 00/00/1837

Died: 29/12/1899

Buried: 14/01/1900


Thomas Holman was born in Folkestone, Kent, in 1837, the son of Joseph Holman, 45yrs, and Elizabeth, 30yrs, nee Spearpoint. He had 2 brothers, John b. 1835, and Joseph b.1839. His father was independently wealthy, and Thomas was educated at Oundle School, Northamptonshire. He joined the Royal Wiltshire Militia, achieving the rank of Captain in his 30s.

Thomas, 24yrs, married Mary Louisa Carter, 20yrs, in Dover, Kent, on 23rd July 1861; she was the daughter of George and Mary Carter of Kennington Hall, Ashford, Kent, another family of wealth.

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, he was the first secretary and manager of Devonshire Park, also secretary of the Devonshire Club and of Eastbourne College, and he was the first Returning Officer for the Borough in 1883, when Eastbourne was incorporated.

At some point, his widowed mother-in-law, Mary Carter, had moved to Heene Terrace, Worthing, and in the census of 1891, Thomas’s wife and 9 of their children were resident with her. Thomas was still in Kent, visiting a family in Bromley on census night.

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, his address was given as 5, Heene Terrace, Worthing. He was buried at Heene cemetery on 14th January 1900.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 20

Exact Location (what3words): trout.actors.fumes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Thomas Holman is buried under the headstone for Mary Carter (Mother-in-law)


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: Thomas Holman

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1837

Town: Folkestone

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 23/07/1861

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Louisa

Spouse Last Name: Carter

Town of Marriage: Dover

County of Marriage: Kent

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/12/1899

Cause of death: Paralysis of the insane.

Address line 2: 5

Address line 3: Heene Terrace

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Dover Street, Folkestone, Kent. Joseph Holman, Hd. 50yrs, Independent, wife, Elizabeth, 35yrs, 3 sons, John, 7yrs, Thomas, 5yrs, and Joseph, 3yrs.


Boarding Scholar at Oundle School, Northamptonshire.


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.


Visitor at 9, The Avenue, Beckenham, Bromley, Kent.

Miscellaneous Information

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