FRANCIS PERCIVAL HOLMES 1887–1969
Born 24th November 1887 in Eastbourne
Married in 1920 to Mary Elizabeth Green, daughter of William Pacey Green
Died 6th October 1969, 34 Vicarage Road, East Sheen, St Marylebone, London
Age 4 living on 9 Regent St, Basford, with father George, lace manufacturer, mother, Harriet, sister Marie 8 and grandmother Annie Holmes, milliner.
Age 14 at boarding school, St Georges College, Woburn Park, Addlestone, Chertsey.
In 1910 his father George Holmes held land on Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent (Land Registry).
Living at Campbell House, Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent with father George Harry 55, a lace manufacturer, mother Harriet Eugenie Holmes 52, sister Marie Mabel Holmes 28 and two servants, Annie Knight and Lily Hewins. He was working as a lace warehouseman.
The London Gazette Territorial Force, South Notts Hussars, 2nd Lieutenant from 28 September 1914
Rank: Captain 1.6.1916 in 2nd Battalion South Notts Hussars (2nd Lt. 28.9.1914 Forces War Records)
Military Unit: Machine Gun Corps previously 1/1st Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (South Notts. Hussars) 1st Mounted Division
Theatre of War: Egypt, from 4.7.17; France and Flanders from 19.8.18.
The 1st Mounted Division arrived in Egypt in July 1917 and was placed under orders of Desert Mounted Corps. In April 1918 they merged with the Warwickshire Yeomanry to form Battalion B of the Machine Gun Corps. In May they sailed back to France on HMS Leasowe Castle, which was torpedoed. Rescued men returned to Egypt then finally arrived in Italy, June 21st 1918 from where they moved on to Etaples, France arriving August 19th 1918. They were then renamed 100 Battalion Machine Gun Corps (source www.1914-1918.net).
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Campbell House, Shelford Rd, Radcliffe on Trent
His sister Marie Mabel Holmes worked as a V.A.D. in Nottingham during the war.
His wife Mary was living with her aunt Sarah Green in 1911 at The Chestnuts, Radcliffe on Trent.
From the 1939 Register
Address: Main Road, Bingham
Occupation: plain net manufacturer
Household: living with wife Mary born 8.12.1896, Mary’s father William Pacey Green, retired farmer, and her brother Charles Green, poultry farmer. There are two other members of the household whose records are officially closed.
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.