Holden, Henry Edward

  • Township: North Oxford
  • Date of birth: December 8, 1842
  • Where born: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of death: June 7, 1924
  • Burial location: Beachville Cemetery, Beachville, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada
  • Wars Served: Fenian Raids
  • Country enlisted with: Canada


The youngest of 11 children, Henry E. Holden was born in Woodstock to parents John and Sarah (Booker) on December 8th 1842. He farmed on his property located on Concession 1, Lot 18 North Oxford for the greater part of his life. On Christmas Day, 1869 he married Annie Dunn and together they raised 8 children on their family farm.

Henry Edward Holden was a member of the Association of Veterans of 1866. He was the last veteran of the North Oxford Rifle Company, which was recruited and officered from the families of North Oxford in the early 1860’s under the direction of Capt. John Henderson. North Oxford Rifle Company served in protection of Canada during the Fenian Raids. The largest battle took place in Southern Ontario during the summer of 1866 where the company served on the front between Windsor and Sandwich.

It is reported that the North Oxford Rifle Company had fewer men in hospital than any other detachment on duty at that point. The connection with the North Oxford Rifle Company was how Henry Holden was best known.

Henry Holden died at home on his farm June 7th 1924 in his 83rd year and is buried in Beachville Cemetery.


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