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Sergeant George Henry Holmes

Army Number : 203494 (formerly 12769 9th and 2nd Battalions and 20649 1/5th Battalion)

Battalion : 1/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.

Born and lived at Nottingham. Son of Frederick A. and Jael Holmes, of 11, Wilford Grove, The Meadows, Nottingham. He was a clerk prior to enlisting 18th August 1914 at Nottingham. He went to Gallipoli with the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment, 1st July 1915 and suffered shrapnel wounds to his right arm, 30th July 1915. He was admitted to Hospital Ship Neuralia and transferred to England on Hospital Ship Kanowna, 8th August 1915. He went to France 29th March 1916 and was appointed Lance Corporal, 25th July 1916 and promoted Corporal 9th September 1916. He was invalided to England 10th November 1916 and returned to France 27th December 1917. He suffered gunshot wounds to his neck 20th June 1918 and rejoined his battalion 9th July 1918. He was then killed in action, 24th September 1918, during the attack on Beux and Leduc trenches, near Pontruet, France.

Buried/Commemorated : Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. Panel 7.

Sergeant George Henry Holmes is also commemorated on the following local memorials :-
St. Saviour’s War Memorial, The Meadows, Nottingham.

His brothers Private Frederick Arthur Holmes, 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regimentand Private Henry Holmes, 116th Company Machine Gun Corps, also fell in the Great War.

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