|King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry||37186||10th Battalion, 7th Platoon, 21 Division|
Charles was born at Crich in 1898, the son of William and Eliza Holmes. He enlisted while working at Lea Mills, joining the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in February 1917. His record states that he died on 7th February 1918 and is buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery. He is also remembered on the Lea Mills Memorial and on the Crich War memorials inside and outside St Mary’s Church.
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. Died
Charles Francis Holmes born Crich, enlisted at Lea Mills. Formerly 5/86739, T.R. Battn. Died.
16 February 1918
Mr and Mrs William Holmes Folds Yard, Crich, received news on Tuesday that their youngest son, Private Charles Francis Holmes, K O Y L I, had died in hospital in France, the result of pneumonia. Following a telegram which stated that he was in a critical condition a letter was received from the 55th Casualty Clearing Station, BEF, as follows: "Dear Mrs Holmes, – I am so very grieved to have to tell you that your son took a turn for the worst last night, and the poor lad died at 6:45 pm he became unconscious and passed away peacefully in his sleep. I can only repeat for your consolation that nothing was spared for him. He was a good little patient, and it may gratify you to know that the sisters and orderlies are really heartbroken about him. We have had so many serious patients that it seemed all the harder. Everyone did the best for the boy. I hope you will accept our sincerest sympathy. Private Homes will be buried in the British military cemetery nearby and his personal belongings sent to you in due course. – Yours very sincerely D.P.Foster, sister in charge". The letter was dated 8 February. By sad coincidence, a field card came from Private Homes by the same post, dated 6 February, stating that he was going on well.
|Name||HOLMES CHARLES FRANCIS|
|Regiment/Service||King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry|
|Date of Death||07/02/1918|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||V. A. 4|
|Cemetery||TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY|
1901: Crich Market Place
|William||Holmes||Head||39||Labourer limestone quarry||Crich|
|Eliza||Holmes||wife||48||France British subject|
|Tamar A||Taylor||daughter||18||Domestic servant||Crich|
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1911: Near Church, Crich
|William||Holmes||Head||49||Road foreman RDC||Crich|
|Thomas||Taylor||son||31||Quarry man stone getter||Crich|
|Harry||Holmes||son||20||Plate layer colliery||Crich|
|Benjamin||Taylor||son (wdwr)||24||Collier hewer||Crich|
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