Episode 2: Charles Henry Holton

Content warning: This episode discusses Nazi war crimes, specifically the murder of disabled people in Germany and Poland. It also discusses illness and death in civilian internment camps, including suicide.

Charles Henry Holton was the first War Graves gardener to die in a German internment camp.

An ex-sapper from Buckinghamshire, Charlie cared for the British military cemeteries on the Somme. He lived in Hébuterne with his wife, Maria, and their six children. During the invasion of France in 1940, the Holtons were unable to evacuate their large family. Charlie and his oldest son, Noël, were arrested and sent to an internment camp. Charlie died just nine months later, in April 1941.


Albert Haines to Annie Twelftree, 28 May 1941, CWGC Archives
Les Oubliés de 39-45 by Frédéric Turner


researched, written, and narrated by Caitlin G. DeAngelis

photo of C. H. Holton’s grave by Megan Kelleher

sound editing by Fiona Hopkins

music by Albert Behar via Uppbeat