HOLDICH, Thomas Hungerford. Dingley, Northamptonshire 13.2.1843 — Merrow, Surrey 1929. Sir. British Colonial Officer and Geographer in India. Son of Rev. Thomas Peach H., educated at Godolphin Grammar School and Woolwich Military Academy. In 1862 joined the Royal Engineers. Served in the bhutan expedition in 1865, in Abyssinian war in 1867, in Afghan war 1878-80 and Tirah expedition 1897-98. In 1884-86 he was on special duty with Afghan Boundary Commission, in 1892-98 Superintendent of Indian frontier Surveys. In 1895 in Pamir Commission, 1896 in Perso-Beluch Commission, retired 1898. In 1902-03 on Argentine-Chile boundary. Brevet-Colonel 1891. C.B. & C.I.E. 1894, K.C.I.E. 1897. Married with Ada Vanrenen, two daughters and two sons.
Publications: “The Greek retreat from India”, Journal of the Society of Arts 49, 1901, 417-431 and other papers, often on military surveying and geography.
– The Indian Borderland, 1880–1900. 402 p. L. 1901 (also on earlier history).
– Tibet, the Mysterious. The Story of Exploration. L. 1904.
– The Gates of India, Being an Historical Narrative. 1910 (on Alexander).
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary: D. Wright, Encyclop. Iranica 12:4, 2004, 430; Wikipedia with photo.