Mount Holcroft

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, NE of Elkford, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°14'05''N, 114°45'54''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82J/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 23 February 1918 by the Geographic Board of Canada, as labelled on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet #7, surveyed in 1916, published in 1917.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Named by interprovincial boundary surveyors, after H.S. Holcroft, of the survey general's staff; died on active service."

Source: 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924 (supplement to the Annual Report of the Dept of the Interior, 1924, Ottawa)

...Herbert Spencer Holcroft, DLS (1877-1916) of Toronto, late of the Dominion Surveyor General's staff, who died on active service 8 July 1916.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

"Canadian Expeditionary Forces Lieutenant Herbert Spencer Holcroft, DLS, was serving with No. 2 Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers, at the Ypres Salient in 1916, from where he was removed to a London hospital. In his 26 June 1916 letter to sister-in-law Edith, from an RAMC hospital at Denmark Hill, London, Holcroft writes: "Don't worry when you see the address. I'm not wounded nor ill. Just the shell strafe. I have too many nerves... I have been over here about 10 days..." Lieut. Holcroft died 8 July 1916 of cardiac failure, likely the result of severe stress/trauma experienced at Ypres." (excerpts from family papers, shared February 2013 by J. M. Reddoch, Gloucester, Ontario) Additional biographical detail provided: Herbert Holcroft was born 4 Sept 1877 in Orillia, Ontario, the son of early Ontario settler Thomas Holcroft and his third wife, Margaret Somerville Berrie. Herbert received his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1900. He was 38 when he died. Lieut. Holcroft is buried in the churchyard in Bolney, Sussex.

Source: included with note

Labelling error on Google maps (February 2013): the peak due east of a small lake is not "Holcroft" as labelled on Google maps - it is unnamed. Mount Holcroft is due north of the small lake in the position labelled "Scrimger" on Google maps [Mount Scrimger is the next peak northward.] Mounts Holcroft & Scrimger are correctly identified on provincial & federal maps.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.