Reginald Holt

Reginald Holt served with the 1st Battalion Tank Corps, as a despatch rider. He refused to carry a weapon and his twin brother Charles refused to fight at all. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for gallantry and devotion to duty.

He started work at 13 years of age, in the Pheasant Public House in Reading, which was run by his family. In 1945 he took over the licence himself and carried on working behind the bar until he retired aged 67.

He died in Reading aged 83.

Tales of valour

Croix de Guerre with Palm

For gallantry and great devotion to duty as a temporary despatch rider in actions ranging over two years. Private Holt has always delivered his despatches, frequently under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. On two occasions he delivered them to Tanks when on the point of engaging the enemy.

On many occasions he has collected and brought back on his own initiative valuable information at times when other means of communication were not available.

His never-failing cheerfulness and his great devotion to duty have always been exhibited in the highest degree.


Country: France