HOLMES Frank

Frank HOLMES

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VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL

Frank was born in Eccles, Lancashire and it is believed that his parents were Edward and Agnes he was the youngest of their 8 children, having 4 brothers and 3 sisters.  In 1901 at the age of 13 Frank was working part time as an office boy.

Although not found on the 1911 census it is known that Frank married Annie Downes in early 1918 in the registration district of Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire.  A probate record for Frank shows that Annie lived at 19 Wellington Street, Queensbury and this address is also on the CWGC records.

Frank served in the 2nd Battalion. Lancashire Fusiliers and held the rank of Lance Serjeant, he was killed in action on 2nd September 1918, aged 30.  Having no known grave, he is commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL (Panel 5 and 6).

September 1918 saw the battalion in the Remy sector, Arras.  On the 2nd September, they were to attack the Drocourt-Queant line with zero hour set at 05:00hrs.  All objects were taken except for Etaing on the left of the attack, trench blocks were formed and although subjected to shelling in the afternoon the battalion had a quiet evening and night.  At 05:00hrs on the 3rd September they attacked again taking Etaing, which the enemy had retreated from overnight.

Over the two days the battalion took 440 prisoners, including 7 Officers. Casualties for the battalion were 7 Officers (1 killed) and Other Ranks 180 (22 killed).