Acting Corporal Walter Holmes

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W Holmes Tyne Cot Memorial © Ian Jones 2017

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research.

Frederick was born in Dorking in 1881 and baptised on the 3rd December 1883 in St. Martin’s Church, Dorking. His mother was Mary Holmes, there is no father listed on the baptismal records.

In 1891, Frederick was living with his mother at 39, Leslie Road, Dorking. Mary was working as a laundress and Walter was at school.

Frederick joined the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment on 28th September 1989 in Guildford as a private with a number of 5791. Prior to this, he was working as a labourer. He served until September 27th 1910, seeing service at home and in South Africa from 1900 to 1904.

In 1911, he returned to live at 66 Dene Street with his mother, and went back to work as a general labourer.

Frederick re-enlisted into the 2nd Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, with a new number; S/543. He was killed in action on 25th September 1917 near Ypres, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke; Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A

Born                            Dorking
Lived                           Dorking

Brother of                    Mary Holmes of Dene Street, Dorking

Enlisted                       Guildford

Regiment                     2nd Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       S/543

Date of Death              25th September 1917
Place of Death             Flanders
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              36

Memorial                     Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

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