318878, Private, Harry HOLMES
Aged 21

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Friday 4th May 1917

Born in West Row in Q1-1896 [Mildenhall 4a:797] to Frederick and Sarah Ann HOLMES (née BOWLES), later of 7 Falmouth Street, Newmarket.

1901 census...Henry [5] was at 7 Falmouth Street, Newmarket with his parents; brothers Albert (bricklayers apprentice); Herbert (butchers assistant); George; Arthur [11] born Exning , and his sisters Eliza; Edith; Julia [6] born West Row and Sarah [3] born Mildenhall.

1911 census... Harry [15] a porter, was still at 7 Falmouth Street, Newmarket with his parents; brothers Albert [28] a bricklayer; George and Arthur (both porters) and sister Sarah Ann.

It appears from the pension card that after his mother's death, father moved to Newnham Lane, Burwell.

The Newmarket Journal of 3rd October 1914 reported that five Holmes brothers were serving in the Suffolk Regiment, Albert, George, Herbert, Arthur and Harry .
His elder brother Albert died in 1918 in Mesopotamia.. see here

He enlisted in Newmarket

Harry died of his wounds in Intarfa Military Hospital, Malta. About that time the 1st Battalion were serving in Macedonia and preparing for an attack on Rupel Pass, which is on the Greece/Bulgaria border. There is no way of knowing, without his service records, where or when Harry was wounded

The notes below his photograph in the Cambridge Independent Press of 1st June 1917 ( a poor image taken in Infarta Hospital) states he died of tubercle following gas poisoning in France How that can be reconciled with being in a Malta hospital can not be explained.

Harry is centre of group, G.Finch on left and Walter Argent on right see here ( a card sent to Walter's mother )

Harry is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta - Ref:XIII.C.4
and also on the Roll of Honour in St Marys Church, Newmarket

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details