B. G. Holdsworth

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Benjamin George Holdsworth
Diwan of Pudukkottai
In office
Monarch Rajagopala Tondaiman
Preceded by T. Raghavaiah
Succeeded by Alexander Tottenham
Personal details
Born (1892-07-31)31 July 1892
Died 24 July 1949(1949-07-24) (aged 56)
Occupation civil servant

Benjamin George Holdsworth CIE (31 July 1892 – 24 February 1949) was an Indian civil servant and administrator who served as the Diwan of Pudukkottai state from 1931 to 1933.

Early life[edit]

Holdsworth was born on 31 July 1892 to Rev. J. Forrester Holdsworth. He had his education at Bristol Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford and entered the Indian Civil Service in 1916.

During the First World War, Holdsworth served in Mesopotamia and Palestine with the 1/155 Pioneers.

In India[edit]

From 1920 to 1927, Holdsworth served as a settlement officer in the Tanjore, Kistna and Godavari districts. He was Secretary in the Board of Revenue, Madras Presidency, from 1927 to 1930 and Joint Secretary at the First Indian Round Table Conference.


In November 1931, Holdsworth was appointed Diwan of Pudukkottai[1] and he served from 1931 to 1934. Holdsworth was responsible for the creation of the Holdsworth Dam in Pudukkottai which is named after him.[2] The Holdsworth Park in the princely state is also named after Holdsworth.[3]

Holdsworth was relieved in 1934 and succeeded by Alexander Tottenham, of whom, Holdsworth remarked that the people of Pudukkottai state were fortunate to get as Diwan.[4]

Later life and honours[edit]

In 1942, Holdsworth was appointed Secretary to the Indian Food Department and served till his death. Holdsworth died on 24 February 1949 at the age of fifty-six.

In 1941, Holdsworth was made a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire.[5]


In 1920, Holdsworth married Ellen May, daughter of James Hill of Poltimore. The couple had one son and one daughter.


  1. ^ Madras District Gazetteers: Pudukkottai. Superintendent, Govt. Press. 1983. p. 509. 
  2. ^ Ayyar, K. R. Venkatarama (2002). Manual of the Pudukkóttai State. 1. Director of Museums, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. p. 239. 
  3. ^ Ayyar, K. R. Venkatarama (2002). Manual of the Pudukkóttai State. 1. Director of Museums, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. p. 310. 
  4. ^ Nagarajan, Krishnaswami (1992). Sir Alexander Tottenham. N. Ramachandran. p. 59. 
  5. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). 1 January 1941. p. 7. 


  • Who was who: a companion to Who's who : containing the biographies of those who died during the period. 2. A & C Black. 1967. p. 553.