Stanley Benjamin Holman

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

General information


Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
 —  Canadian Infantry, 78th Bn. (Winnipeg Grenadiers)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Vienna Cottages - Stein Hof, Passendale, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Private Stanley Benjamin Holman was born on the 10th of March 1889 to Mr. Benjamin Holman and Mrs. Margaret Holman in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was an congregationalist and worked as an accountant at an Gallagher, Holman and Lafrance prior to enlisting.
From the 10th of January 1916 to the 19th of February of the same year, he attended a school of instruction at Winnipeg and passed the required examination to qualify for the rank of Lieutenant. However, when he enlisted at Winnipeg on the 13th of May of the same year, he did so as a Private. On the 23rd of September 1917 he would join up with the 78th Canadian Infantry Battalion (12th Canadian Brigade, 4th Canadian Division) with whom he would serve until the time of his death, being the 30th of October of the same year.
On the 25th of October 1917 the battalion started organizing and preparing for the upcoming attack on the 30th. On the 28th they moved to Potijze to take the train to Ypres, from where they marched to their destination. On the night of the 28th and 29th they relieved the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade an took over the front. On that same day B, C and D Company moved to their assembly positions while A Company held the front line and was put in support. The Brigade objective was a line from Graf Wood to the railway near Vienna Cottage. The attack commenced on the 30th of October at 5:50 AM and was preceded a minute before by the artillery barrage. By 7:30 AM all objectives were secured and all flanks were in touch, marking a successful attack, though it was at a high cost. At the end of the battle, 72 men were killed, another 300 men were wounded and 6 men went missing, Private Stanley Benjamin Holman being one of them. His remains have never been recovered or identified, thus he is commemorated at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres on panel 30 L.

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