HOLMES Squire

Squire HOLMES

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RATION FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D’ARMENTIERES

The son of Jack and Harriett Holmes and husband of Emily Willoughby (formerly Holmes), of 145, Mill Lane, Bradford.  Squire’s birth place is recorded as Queensbury, Yorkshire, he enlisted in Cleckheaton.

Squire held the rank of Lance Corporal and served in the 25th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.  He was killed in action on 21st January 1917.

From the battalion war diary on the night of the 20th January, the battalion relived their 27th Battalion in the Chapelle D’ Armentieres sector.  The war diary does not record any casualties for the 21st however on the 22nd casualties are shown as one killed, three wounded, from this the date of death for Squire may be incorrect.  Squire is buried at RATION FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D’ARMENTIERES (V. B. 9).

Emily Holmes (widower) married Thomas Willoughby on 22nd December 1917 at Eccleshill.  Emily was aged 22 and Thomas a Sergeant in the Notts & Derby Regiment was aged 19.  Thomas demobilized on 4th February 1919.