Edward Spencer Holgate was born in Ballarat, the son of Stephen Holgate of 12 Errard Street South, Ballarat. Edward Holgate (3193) was educated at Ballarat College, and was a 26 year old, single auctioneer when he enlisted at Ballarat on 22 March 1915. 
In early 1916 Edward Holgate was admitted to hospital was a hernia. He served in the 6th Field Ambulance, and was transferred to the 15th Field Ambulance on 06 May 1916. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 08 March 1918, and attended the 1st ANZAC Corps Gas School on 04 January 1918. Edward Spencer Holgate was killed in action on 27 April 1918 at Villers Breteneaux, France and was buried on the same day. On 18 May 1918 he was congratulated to gallant conduct and devotion to duty during a counter attack at Villers Bretoneaux night of 24 and 24 April 1918. He was killed during this attack.
Edward Holgate left the following will which was witnessed by Sergeant D. Lydon and Lieutenant J.H. Anderson both of the 60th Battalion:
- In the event of my death I give the whole of my property & effects to Mary Hare of 15 Mar Street Ballarat East Victoria.
- E.S. Holgate
- Driver No. 3193
- 6th Field Ambulance
- Certified to be a true copy of the will extracted from the paybook of 2nd Lieut Holgate Edward Spencer. 15th Field Amb.