Thomas William Holmes

Thomas William Holmes

Birth
Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 4 Jan 1950 (aged 51)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Owen Sound, Grey County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 7032960 · View Source
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World War I Victorian Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Private in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. On October 26, 1917, at Passchendaele, Belgium, his unit came under a surprise attack from German pill-box strong points which was causing heavy casualties. Private Holmes, on his own initiative ran forward, threw two bombs, killing and wounding the crews of two machine-guns. He then fetched another bomb and threw this into the entrance of the pill-box, causing the 19 occupants to surrender. For courageous actions in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victorian Cross Medal. After the war, he became a pilot for the Harbor Commission in Toronto, Canada.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 25 Dec 2002
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas William Holmes (4 Oct 1898–4 Jan 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7032960, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, Grey County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .