Lance Corporal Albert Holmes
Lance Corporal Albert Holmes

Army Number : 13815 (Also known as Bower).

Battalion : 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.

Born at Beeley, Derbyshire an lived at Matlock Green, Derbyshire. Adopted Son of Mrs. Amy Bower, of Whitbank Alton, Tupton, Chesterfield. He was a labourer prior to enlisting 25th August 1914 at Chesterfield. He went France 17th August 1915 and was admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, France, 5th November 1915, suffering from Trench Fever. He was transferred to the England on Hospital Ship Cambria, 7th November 1915. He returned to France 25th February 1916, was appointed Lance Corporal, 12th March 1916 and was killed in action, 31st October 1916, age 21, whilst serving in the line near Montauban, France during the Battle of the Somme.

Derbyshire Courier 2nd December 1916

Buried/Commemorated : Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.

His adoptive brother Private George Fenwick Bower, 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment, also fell in the Great War.

Thiepval Memorial, France.
Lance Corporal Albert Holmes is also commemorated on the following local memorials :-
Matlock War Memorial, Matlock, Derbyshire.