honor role

Holmes, Harrie Hanley

* 633 Pte Signaller 28th Bn.

Born Perth WA, CoE. Enlisted 17 March 1915 age 16 years and 4 months, height 5 ft 6 inches, dark hair and brown eyes, clerk. Nok parents, Henry Horace Holmes and Jean Holmes of Onslow, Shenton Rd, Claremont. Embarked at Fremantle 29 June 1915 per A11 Ascanius. Served at Gallipoli and then to France where he was killed in action at Poziers 5 August 1916 and listed on the Villers-Bretonneux War Memorial. His effects: 1 pocket book, YMCA member card, 2 books, 4 handkerchiefs and cards. In 1920 his mother applied for her son’s 1914-1915 Star. His older brother, Horace Lister Holmes, served with the 28th and 51st Bn. Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM. The Holmes brothers were members of the Ocean Beach (29) Boy Scout Troop the located in Irvine Street Peppermint Grove. Mrs Holmes commissioned the Scout Troop Honour Board to progressively memorialise the Ocean Beach Scouts who enlisted in WW1. Thirty two names are listed and legend has it that it remained untouched after the deaths of her two sons in 1916.