|Place of birth||New Lenton, Nottingham, England|
|School||Church of England, New Lenton, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||21|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Hospital for Insane, Claremont, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Father, John Holmes, Orlando Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||32nd Battalion, C Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/49/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT Katuna on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||32nd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Fleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)|
|Age at death||26|
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 10), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: John and Eva HOLMES, 'Otranto', Solomon Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. Native of Lenton, Nottingham, England|
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 MedalOriginally 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.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, HOLMES Arnold
Red Cross file 1360312