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Thomas was the son of George Holmes and Mary Holmes nee Daft. George was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, and Mary in Sutton, Nottinghamshire. They were married in 1879 J/F/M Nottingham. It is likely that Mary had a child, William, before their marriage. William has the surname 'Holmes' on census returns but was more properly 'Daft'. William does not appear on the family's census returns after 1891 and there is a record of the death of a William Daft (sic), b. abt 1876, in 1898 (J/F/M Nottingham). However, there were at least two sons of the marriage; Alfred b. abt 1883 and Thomas b. 1898 (A/M/J Nottingham). Ages on the census returns are frequently inconsistent. In 1881 George Holmes (29), a railway porter, and Mary (25) were living at 89 Annesley Street, Nottingham with William (5). In the household on the night of the census was a boarder, Frank Buxton (18), a joiner, George (39) and Mary (34) had moved to 9 Mary Terrace, Crocus Street, Meadows, by 1891. In the home on the night of the census were William (15) an apprentice joiner, Alfred (8) and George's unmarried sister-in-law, Ann Daft (40) a dressmaker. The family was still living at the same address in 1901. George (49) was still working as a railway porter. In the home on the night of the census were Mary (45), Alfred (18) a railway porter, Thomas (3) and John Daft (86) a widower, who may have been George's father-in-law. The 1911 Census was completed by Mary Holmes (52) as head of household. Mary, who was working as a charwoman, was living at 33 Crocus Street, Nottingham, with Alfred (29) a lamp cleaner, Thomas (12) a coal miner, and her widowed sister, Ann Jennison (61), a cook domestic. Thomas' father, George, has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census. George died aged 67 on 15 January 1919 (Mar Nottingham), six months after the death of his son.
In 1911 he was a coal miner
28 Aug 1918
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Enlisted Nottingham
7th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 83500 Notts & Derby Regiment. He served in the 2/4th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, 7th Bn and the 1/5th Bn before transferring back to the 7th Bn. He was killed in action and is buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery (Special Memorial 42). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
CWGC headstone, personal inscription: 'Their glory shall not be blotted out' 16th January 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “HOLMES. – On the 15th inst. at the City Asylum, the beloved husband of Mary Holmes, of Crocus-street; also in memory of Thomas, son of the above, who fell in action August 28th [1918], aged 25 years.” Notice courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his mother, Mary, was his legatee.
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