William Holmes

Sergeant Instructor

Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regiment) 331295 21st Battalion; 11 platoon; C Coy

Photo Lea Mills postcard

Photo of Wiliam Holmes in WW1

William worked in the Dressing Department at Lea Mills and joined the forces on 17th November, 1914. Previously in 1885 he was recorded as having attested in the Militia. When he attended a recruitment meeting at Lea Mills in 1914 he expressed a wish to join the Royal Navy but was assigned to the Sherwood Foresters
Militia Attestation
993 Lincolnshire Regiment 10th Foot. 22 January 1885 William Holmes of Cromford, aged 17, a farm servant; previously turned down as chest measurment was under size. Height 5ft 7in, blue eyes, light brown hair; C of E. He had a mole in the middle of his abdomen

Newspaper Report

High Peak News 15 May 1915

Newspaper photo of William Holmes

Corpl Wm. Holmes on the left, of Cromford, with the Sherwood Foresters

Medal Card Index
Enlisted 06/11/14
Discharged 07/11/17
A.O. 265/17 2D

Silver War Badge
Record dated 31/10/17: Silver War Badge to William Holmes 331295 Notts & Derby 21st; badge 265,255; Enlisted 06/11/14 Discharged 07/11/17 served overseas NO; 48 years

Letter to JB Marsden-Smedley

[Headed Notepaper: Church of England Men's Society's Institute]
Portslade Camp , Sussex
Dec 28th 1916
Dear Sir
I thank you very much for the Parcel you sent me and is very thankful for it as it was very kind of you again thanking you Sir
I remain yours obediently
Sergt Instr. W Holmes
Portslade Camp, Brighton, Sussex
Wishing you and Mrs. Smedley and Family a Happy and Prosperous New Year


1901: 40 Main Road, Cromford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Holmes Head 31 Railway drayman Cromford
Ann Holmes wife 26   Cromford
Wilfred Holmes son 4 mo   Cromford
Eliza Swift sister in law 15 Tape tier hosiery mill Cromford

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1911: 40 Cromford Hill

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Holmes Head 41 Hosiery Mills Cromford
Ann Holmes wife 37   Cromford
Wilfred Holmes son 10   Cromford
Elsie Annie May Holmes daughter 8   Cromford
Charles Bernard Holmes son 4   Cromford
Frederick Swift brother 48 labourer Cromford

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