Charles Holmes (1890–1918)


South Staffordshire Regiment 39180  
Essex Regiment 47639 10th Battalion


Charles was the son of James and Harriet Holmes; he was born in 1890 at Crich and worked as a colliery hewer. He originally enlisted at Alfreton in the South Staffordshire Regiment and was killed on 21st September 1918, aged twenty-eight, and is buried at the Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile.

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 19 October 1918
Some anxiety is felt with regard to Pte Charles HOLMES, of near the Church, Crich. His father had an official intimation informing him that Pte HOLMES was wounded on 21 September, but details were lacking. Although nearly a month has elapsed no further news as we received.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials C
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Essex Regiment
Unit 10th Bn
Date of Death 21/09/1918
Service No 47639
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference II. A. 16.


Crich War Memorial

War Memorial outside St Mary's Crich

Crich War Memorial north face

North facing panel of St Mary's War Memorial

WW1 memorial plaque in St Mary's Crich

Wall plaque inside St Mary's Church, Crich

Soldiers' Effects Book
Charles Holmes; 10th Bn Essex Regt; Private 47639 ; killed in action France 21.9.18; War Gratuity £5; paid out to:
26.2.19 father James £6 12d 2d
4.12.19 father James £5 0s 0d


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Holmes Head 50 General labourer Belper
Harriet Holmes wife 48   Denby
John Holmes son 23 General labourer Crich
James Holmes son 18 General labourer Crich
Gertrude Holmes daughter 16   Crich
Harriet Holmes daughter 13   Crich
Charles Holmes son 11   Crich
Alice Holmes daughter 5   Crich

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1911: Woolley, Alfreton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Holmes Head (wdwr) 60 General labourer Belper
John Holmes son 34 Colliery plate layer Bullbridge
Harriet Holmes daughter 23 Factory hand Lea Mills Crich
Charles Holmes son 21 Collier hewer Crich
Alice Holmes daughter 15 Factory hand Lea Mills Crich
Elizabeth Ann Naylor daughter (married) 38 House maid Openwoodgate

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1918 Crich voters
Charles Holmes, Near Church; absent on military service.