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  • Name: William Edgar HOLMES
  • D.O.B: 26th Jun, 1895
  • D.O.A: 9th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 9th Oct, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 1st Guards Brigade, Guards Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Cattenières, France 19 October 1918

19 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 9 October 1918, the day that Cambrai fell to the Allies, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards took part in the advance south-east of the town, taking a number of villages including Cattenières, south of the Cambrai–Le Cateau-Cambrésis road.


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Cattenières on the 9th October, 1918. Pte. Holmes carried in two men under the most intense fire, and, while he was attending to a third case, he was severely wounded. In spite of this, he continued to carry wounded, and was shortly afterwards again wounded, with fatal results. By his self-sacrifice and disregard of danger he was the means of saving the lives of several of his comrades. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 December 1918. 26 December 1918, Numb. 31082, pp. 15118-19

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