(Henry Charles) Victor Holmes


(Henry Charles) Victor Holmes


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Able Seaman
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Nelson Bn., Royal Naval Division


1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals


United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Weston
Southport War Memorial

Pre War

Born in Kneesall, Nottinghamshire on 29 April 1896, son of Christopher and Annie Holmes. 1911 Census: living with family at Park Lodge, Weston, Stevenage, Herts as father Christopher was a butler at Weston Park. He later moved to Southport and became a School Attendance Officer and Victor worked as a Grocers Assistant.

Wartime Service

Victor joined the Royal Naval Division in September 1914. He trained at Crystal Palace, Portsmouth Naval Barracks and at Blandford Camp, Dorset and sailed for Egypt on March 1915 and from there to the Dardanelles. He was with the Australian landing party at Gaba Tepe in April. He remained on land and took part in the fighting at Gallipoli until October when he was removed to hospital in Mudros on the island of Lumnos in the Aegean Sea suffering from dysentery. He was invalided to England where he landed in December and went to the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Gosport. He appeared to be progressing well but para-typhoid intervened and he died.

Additional Information

Buried in same grave as his grandmother. Younger brother of AB Dennis Edward Holmes RNVR, who served in Antwerp from 22/8/14, suffered bullet wound to the jaw 13/7/1915, was invalided to UK 15/8/15 and discharged medically unfit 27/7/16.


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