Frederick William Holmes

Frederick William Holmes

Birth
Bermondsey, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England
Death 22 Oct 1969 (aged 78)
Port Augusta, Port Augusta City, South Australia, Australia
Burial Stirling North, Port Augusta City, South Australia, Australia
Memorial ID 7714320 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Bermondsey, London, he served as a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army. On August 26, 1914, during the Battle of Le Cateau, France, Lance Corporal Holmes carried a badly wounded soldier under heavy fire out of the trenches on his back for two miles until he reached some stretcher bearers. He then returned to his battalion to find many killed or wounded and in danger of being captured by German forces. He placed a wounded man on one of the horses of an artillery gun team and attempted to take him to safety. Unfortunately the man fell off and was lost in the dark but he later helped to drive an artillery gun out of action by taking the place of a driver who was wounded. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was promoted Corporal and invested the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on January 15, 1915. He also later achieved the rank of Captain. After the war, he emigrated to Port Augusta, Australia where he live until his death at age 80.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 27 Jul 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick William Holmes (27 Sep 1891–22 Oct 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7714320, citing Stirling North Garden Cemetery, Stirling North, Port Augusta City, South Australia, Australia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .