|Battles/wars||Anglo-French War of 1557 to 1559|
Holstocke first went to sea in 1534 as page to Richard Gonson's voyages to Crete and Chios, and returned there the next year where he served as purser. By 1546 he was part of the Nay's establishment and obtained an appointed as keeper of the storehouses in 1549.
He was appointed Comptroller of the Navy in 1561. He served in the Anglo-French War of 1557 to 1559 and in 1563 helped evacuate the English garrison at Le Havre. He was responsible for building or re-building many of Queen Elizabeth's ships. At the time of the Spanish Armada he was engaged in preparing the Queen's ships although he saw no active duty. He died in 1589 and was buried at St Mary-at-Hill.
- Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation
- William Holstocke, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography