Biography of Private Harold Holmes (53203)
20th Royal Fusiliers London Regiment
Formerly S/4/146952 R.A.S.C
Died 24th September 1917


  • Name: Harold Holmes
  • Date of birth: 1892
  • Place of Birth: Manthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1892
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: James Holmes
  • DOB: 1853
  • Place of Birth: West Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer

  • Name: Hannah Harwood
  • DOB: 1854
  • Place Of Birth: West Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: Unknown

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Charles Albert Holmes, 1875, West Pinchbeck
  • Ethel Holmes, 1880, West Pinchbeck
  • James Ernest Holmes, 1882, Manthorpe
  • Percy Holmes, 1883, Manthorpe
  • Jessie Holmes, 1886, Manthorpe
  • Gertrude Holmes, 1887, Manthorpe
  • Thomas Holmes, 1889, Manthorpe
  • Harold Holmes, 1892, Manthorpe
  • Arthur Leonard Holmes, 1898, Manthorpe

  • 1901: Harold is living with his parents at Farm House, Manthorpe, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: John is living with the Bradshaw family in Toft, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 19 and he is listed as an apprentice baker.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Harold has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • War Office Weekly Casualty List, November 13th 1917
    Holmes 53203 H. (Walthamstow, E.)


  • War Office Weekly Casualty List January 8th 1918
    Previously reported missing, now repored
    Holmes 53203 H (Manthorpe)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Harold Holmes, 53202, 20th Battalion London Regiment was killed in action on 24th September 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • Father James


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal



  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Harold Holmes, 53203, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers who died on 24 September 1917
  • Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial.
  • Panel 28 to 30.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Lincoln


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