PrivateHOLMES, WILLIAM EDGAR

Service Number 16796

Died 09/10/1918

Aged 23

2nd Bn.
Grenadier Guards

V C

Son of Mrs. E. E. Holmes, of Didbrook, Winchcombe, Glos.

Inscription

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND

Citation

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."

Buried at CARNIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Location: Nord, France
Number of casualties: 54

Cemetery/memorial reference: I. B. 3.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.