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Private WILLIAM EDGAR HOLMES

Service Number: 16796
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Grenadier Guards

2nd Bn.

Date of Death

Died 09 October 1918

Age 23 years old

Buried or commemorated at

CARNIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

I. B. 3.

France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of Mrs. E. E. Holmes, of Didbrook, Winchcombe, Glos.
  • Personal Inscription GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31082, dated 24th Dec., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Cattenieres on the 9th Oct., 1918. Pte. Holmes carried in two men under the most intense fire, and, while he was attending to a third case, he was severely wounded. In spite of this, he continued to carry wounded, and was shortly afterwards again wounded, with fatal results. By his self-sacrifice and disregard of danger he was the means of saving the lives of several of his comrades."

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