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VC561   Norman Douglas Holbrook

BORN   9 July 1888

DIED   3 July 1976   AGE   87

VC Won    13 December 1914   AGE   26

Place VC Won   Dardenelles & Sea of Marmara, Turkey

War/Campaign   First World War 1914

Name   Norman Douglas Holbrook   No.      

VC Issue No.   561   Awards   VC      

Regiment   Royal Navy



Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Commander

Place Of Birth   Southsea, Hampshire, England

Place Of Death   At his home, Stedham Mill, near Midhurst, Sussex, England

Buried/Location Ashes   St James Churchyard, Stedham, near Midhurst, Sussex, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   22 December 1914

VC Presented   5 October 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, St James Churchyard, Stedham, near Midhurst, Sussex, England

Holbrook Road & Holbrook Park, Fareham, Hampshire

Holbrook Court, Southsea, Hampshire

P  Blue plaque at Warleigh House (where he lived in 1904, now part of St John's College), Grove Road South, Southsea, Hampshire

P  Named on Victoria Cross submarine service memorial, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

P  Named on Victoria Cross memorial, Royal Naval & Royal Albert yacht club, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Town of Germanton, NSW, Australia re-named Holbrook in 1915

Svtatue, Commander Holbrook Memorial Park (replica of B-11) & memorabilia at the Submarine Museum, Holbrook, NSW, Australia

Memorial plaque, Upper Junior School, Grammar School, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Palmerston Road, Southsea, Hampshire

By The Way…

In 1915 the town of Germanton, New South Wales, Australia, decided to re-name the town to Holbrook

VC Held By

Holbrook Shire Council, 39 Young Street, Holbrook, NSW, Australia



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