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He was the eldest son of Frederick Arthur and Jael Holmes (née Sanders) who were married in 1891 and had four children, three boys and one girl. In 1911 they were living at 11 Wilford Grove, Meadows, with their children, Henry (19), Eleanor/Nelly (17), George (16) and Frederick Arthur (12). Also in the household was Frederick Arthur's widowed mother-in-law, Jael Sanders. Henry was the husband of Florence B. Holmes who was his sole legatee; the CWGC record gives her address as 11, Wilford Grove, Nottingham, which may still have been the home of her parents-in-law. Henry's brother, Frederick Arthur, served in the Sherwood Foresters; he was wounded in March 1917 and died of pneumonia in the Military Hospital Grimsby on 14 August 1917, six days after Henry's death. There is a declaration of living relatives in Frederick's army service record, signed by his father on 29 May 1919, witnessed by the vicar of St Saviour's, Meadows, which listed Frederick's living relatives as his parents and his sister, Eleanor Somerfield, also of 11 Wilford Grove; their brother George was not mentioned. Henry's mother died in 1934 and his father 10 years later in 1944; he was still living at 11 Wilford Grove and his daughter Eleanor Somerfield ('widow') was his executor.
In 1911 he was a shop assistant.
08 Aug 1917
469315 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Bury.
Machine Gun Corps
116th Coy Machine Gun Corps. Formerly 58978, Notts and Derby Regiment. He died of wounds and is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport (grave ref. lll.B.10B). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged), 15 August 1917: 'Holmes. Died of wounds August 8th, Private Henry Holmes, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Holmes, 11 Wilford Grove, also Fred, youngest son, died in hospital Grimsby August 14th from pneumonia after being recently wounded. Mother, father, sister, brother.' Rachel Farrand
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