Holdaway, Charles Richard Sidney (1921-1993) and Elsie Runacres (1925-2008)


Charles and Elsie and Elsie with her mother

Charles Richard Sidney Holdaway (1921-1993) and Elsie Runacres (1925-2008)

Charles Richard Sidney Holdaway (1921-1993)
Son of Thomas Henry Holdaway (1869-1935) and Jessie Henderson (1885-1968)
Born in Velore, India on 18 January 1921
Entered Lawrence Memorial Military School 1926 and left 1936
Joined the army
Charles came to visit his nephew Derek at Lovedale. Elsie Runacres was Derek’s form mistress.
1945. Holds a commission in the 1/5th Mahratta Light Infantry.
Married Elsie Runacres (1925-2008) at the Church of the Ascension, Lovedale in 1946
Moved to England and then worked for a short time in Ghana.
Joined the army at Warminster where he was commissioned in the Gloucester Regiment.  He was seconded to Aden. Attended short university course to learn Arabic and then joined the Aden Protectorate Levies.
Moved to Afghanistan where first of his six children was born
Retired from the army and settled in England and bought a shop in Erith, Kent. The venture failed.
He joined the army of the Sultan of Oman for ten years
Seriously injured in Oman and after a series of operations, retired.
Settled in Tenerife.
Ill health drove him and Elsie back to England and they settled in High Wycombe.
Charles and Elsie had six children
Died in London in 1993


Richard Holdaway (b.1948), born in Afghanistan on 9 January 1948. British Airways Captain. After retirement continued to fly with Asiana Airlines in Korea. Retired in 2003

Gordon Holdaway (b.1951). Born 10 August 1951. British Airways Captain

Vanessa Holdaway married BA pilot Garfield Burgess

Serena Holdaway

Amanda Holdaway

Corinna Holdaway

The Holdaway family 1921

Charles as a baby on his mother’s lap


Charles with his sister Violet in Lovedale 


Charles with his brother Edwin at Lovedale





Charles, Walter and Edwin. 1948



The Lawrencian Magazine, Lovedale, 1945. Victory number.
“We have seen quite a bit of Charles Holdaway this year.  About a year ago this young soldier ran into me after returning from North Africa and the Italian Campaign and vowed he would like to renew his associations with the Old School and make them as intimate as possible.  So intimate did he make them that he became engaged to Elsie Runacres.   We are indeed pleased about this and wish them both the very best. Charles holds a commission in the 1/5 Mahratta Ligh Infantry.”
p.94 from Old Lawrencian Notes by A.T.T.Shanley, Hon, Sec. Old Lawrencian Association.




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