August 28, 1894 (Chincoteague, VA) – October 16, 1918; 24 years old
Married to Daisy Belle Houlse Holston on August 9, 1916, in Norwalk
Son Earl Holston was born September 7, 1916, and died January 31, 1977, in East Norwalk
Last local address: 12 Fairfield Avenue, Norwalk
Entered the service from Chattanooga, Virginia
Serial number 418872
Unit: 6th Division, 54th Infantry, Company C

Born to Asher Holston (1871-1912) and Elizabeth Melvin Holston (1870-1936). Two brothers, Robert (1895-1967) and Nathaniel (1896-1932). One sister, Viola Holstein (1897-1974). Half siblings, Bertie (1904-1987), Asher (1905-1987), Annie (1906-?), Erwin (1910-1913), and Elodie (1912-?).

From The Richmond Times (Virginia) March 4, 1919

Ansley H. Holston, one of the boys who gave his life for the cause of liberty, was from Chincoteague Island, Virginia, He was with Company C, 5th Infantry. He offered his services to his country and his services were accepted. Though he did not fight in the trenches, he cooked the food for the boys that did the work to whip the Germans. He died on October 16, 1918. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss. The government has nobly said about this young man he “bravely laid down his life:” and “the record of service is honorable.” No greater words can be said about a person by their country than these words. May God’s blessings rest on his wife and child. – Rev. O.W. Sawyer

Private Holston is buried at the Junior Order United American Mechanics Cemetery, 6699 Church Street, Chincoteague, Virginia. Photo from


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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