R.E. Holden

HOLDEN, Colonel R E, OBE, DSO, MC

Ronald Edwin Holden was born in 1907 and educated at Ealing College. In 1925 he joined the Westminster Dragoons and was appointed to the 22nd London Armoured Car Company. He also served for four years in the mounted section of the City of London Police Reserve. Following a period with the Honourable Artillery Company, he was posted as an instructor to 103 Officer Cadet Training Unit, Royal Armoured Corps and then to Sandhurst. In 1943 he joined the 9th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, which was one of the first units to be equipped with Churchill tanks. The Battalion landed in France on June 20th 1944 and was almost continuously in action, until the end of the war. He led many attacks during these months, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy and capturing many prisoners. The citation for his DSO recorded "Always in the forefront of the battle, he is continually to be found leading his squadron into fire positions."

Ronald Holden became a director of a ship's fitting & furnishings manufacturer after the war and was appointed OBE in 1957. He died, aged 88, in 1996.

OFFICER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

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MILITARY CROSS

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1939-45 STAR

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DEFENCE MEDAL

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FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

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WAR MEDAL

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II CORONATION 1953

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SPECIAL CONSTABULARY MEDAL (KING GEORGE VI)

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EFFICIENCY DECORATION (QUEEN ELIZABETH II)

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