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Private Francis HOLMES, TF/4621, 1st/5th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of Colitis, Station Hospital, Rawalpindi, India, 10th November 1916, age 37  

21st June 1877, born Chobham, Surrey, son of James and Caroline Holmes, of West End, Chobham, Woking, Surrey.

15th September 1900, St Lawrence, Chobham, Surrey, Francis Holmes, age 22, bachelor, labourer, West End, father, James Holmes, carpenter, married Alice Gosden, age 20, spinster, of Gracious Pond, Chobham, Woking, Surrey, father William Gosden, labourer.

Children - Doris Louisa Holmes, born 10th August 1904, Lightwater; Nellie Marjorie Holmes, born 26th March 1911, Chobham.


1911 Census - Benner Cottage, Benners Lane, West End, Chobham, Surrey - Francis Holmes, head, age 32, married, nursery labourer, worker, born Valley End, Chobham, Surrey; Alice Holmes, wife, age 31, married 10 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Chobham Park, Chobham, Surrey; Doris Louisa Holmes, daughter, age 6 years & 8 months, born Lightwater, Bagshot, Surrey; Baby Holmes, daughter, age 7 days, Benners Lane, West End, Chobham, Surrey; William Hardy, boarder, age 26, single, groom domestic, worker, born Kingston, Surrey.


Enlisted Camberley, Surrey, age 38 years & 5 months, height 5ft 4½ inches. Resided Valentine Cottage, Thorndown Lane, Updown Hill, Windlesham, Surrey. Formerly nurseryman labourer.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 13th June 1916, mobilized; 17th June 1916, posted 3rd/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd July 1916, embarked; 21st August 1916, disembarked; 21st August 1916, posted 1st/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

22nd February 1917, Report from Station Hospital, Rawalpindi, India - "Patient was admitted to Station Hospital, Rawalpindi, as a transfer from Borian? on the 23rd October 1916, suffering from a looseness of his bowels, and a certain amount of abdominal pain. The stools containing blood and mucus. He gave a history of having similar trouble at home, when he was in a civil hospital and was operated on. In spite of treatment, the patient lost weight daily, becoming very thin and emaciated. Every day passing large number of stools, containing blood and mucus. Gradually by by day the patient became weaker. Shortly before patient death, he developed a severe pain below the costal margin on the right side. Soon afterwards he passed away on the 10th November 1916. Microscopically no amoeba or bacilli of dysentery was found. The autopsy found a perforation of bowel at the hepatic flexure of colon. The disease was probably aggravated by Service in India."

21st May 1917, pension of 22/11 awarded to widow & two children.

Buried at  Rawalpindi War Cemetery, 1. G. 5., Pakistan.


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