HOLMES, George

✟ ß Щ  2/Lt. 1 & 3 Bn East Yorks Regt.  K.I.A. 9/4/1917 age 21. Having breached the Hindenburg Line he was struck by a shell and died instantaneously at the Battle of Scarpe, near Arras. Grave; Wancourt British Cemetery, France.

Cross in Hathersage Church

His wooden cross hangs in Hathersage Parish Church. It is stated on Hathersage war memorial that he is also remembered at another somewhere else. b 1896, a native of Meersbrook Park, he was educated at King Edwards VII School, Sheffield, where he was Head Prefect 1913-1914, and had been the goalkeeper and wicket keeper in both the schools XI’s. He took up his Classical Exhibition at Magdalen College, Oxford, for a term in 1914, before deciding he ought to volunteer for the army. Son of Robert Wilson Holmes & Annie of ‘Ivylea’ Roslyn Crescent, Hathersage.  (His mother was actually called; Sister Annie Holmes). He also lived at ‘Waysend’ Cannon Fields.  A relative was Miss J Haigh, Hoyland, Barnsley.  The family farm was at The Gate House, Upper Hurst, for a number of years. There is a photo of him p 28 of WHW2W.