John Charles Holmes

Royal Scots Fusiliers
Date of birth:
05 May 1895
Date of death:
23 January 1920
Age at Death:
HOLMES John Charles

Known information

John Charles Holmes was the son of a Mrs Holmes of Whissendine and was born at Somerby, Leicestershire, on 5 May 1895. He joined the 6/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers on 2 January 1915 and went to France on 23 September 1915. He took part in the fighting around Ypres and in the Battle of the Somme. He reached home safely on demobilisation, but became ill due to what George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War described as "the hardships on active service." He died on 23 January 1920 and was buried three days later in Whissendine churchyard although we cannot find a burial record.

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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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