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Regimental number955
Place of birthNew Lenton, Nottingham, England
SchoolChurch of England, New Lenton, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHospital for Insane, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.75"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Holmes, Orlando Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT Katuna on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death26
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Eva HOLMES, 'Otranto', Solomon Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. Native of Lenton, Nottingham, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 18 March 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 20 March 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 2 April 1916.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, of refusing to obey a lawful command given by his superior officer. When told to take a certain place in a parade would not do so & was abusive: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Holmes, A. Erk.Mrk. 955, 32. Bn. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Name appeared on German Death List, 4 November 1916.

Identity disc forwarded to father, 8 November 1917.

Father enquired after personal effects (ring, wrist watch etc), 6 December 1916; AIF Headquarters, London, replied to Defence Department, 16 January 1918: 'The Commanding Officer, 32nd Battalion, ... reports as follows: "I have made enquiries and find that Pte. Holmes was killed in the Enemy Trenches and as far as is known no property of his has been recovered."'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLMES Arnold
Red Cross file 1360312

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