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Harold Blake Holdway

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Captain Harold Blake Holdway (1901-1936)

1936 Obituary [1]

Captain HAROLD BLAKE HOLDWAY held his commission in the R.I.A.S.C., and was mechanical transport instructor at the Central Training Establishment, Chaklala.

He was born at Woolverton, near Bath, in 1901, and in 1919 he entered the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. After completing his training there he was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment, and was later seconded to the R.A.F., taking a course of instruction in flying during 1923-4 at Abu Sueir, Egypt. He was drafted to a bombing squadron stationed at Risalpur, India, and was later transferred to Peshawar.

In 1926 he became chief test pilot at Karachi aircraft depot. His appointment to the R.I.A.S.C. took place in 1929, and at first he was placed in charge of the Lahore workshop.

Before taking up his duties at Chaklala he came to England and followed an extensive civil works course at the Birmingham works of Messrs. Morris Commercial Cars, Ltd., returning to India in 1933.

His death occurred in Rawalpindi on 11th October 1935, at the early age of thirty-four.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution only seven months before his death.

1935/36 Obituary [2]

Harold Blake Holdway was born in 1901, and obtained his technical education at The Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and The R.A.S.C. Training College, Aldershot.

His two years works course as an M.T. Officer was served at Morris Commercial Cars, Ltd., and thereafter he was detailed for regimental duties, including periods in the Royal Air Force in Egypt and in the Indian Army Service Corps as Officer in Charge of Workshops.

He died at Rawalpindi on 11th October, 1935, at the age of 34.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1933.

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