Holmes Hargreaves (1890-1915)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- HARGREAVES, HOLMES. Private. No 19685. 10th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Born Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, 26.2.1890. Son of Mr and Mrs G. H. Hargreaves, 14 Water Street, Springwood, Huddersfield. Educated Spring Grove Board School. In 1907 he joined the local Territorials. He emigrated to Canada in July, 1910, where he was employed as a head pastry cook in a cafe. Single. Enlisted 14.8.1914. He served under an assumed name as ERNEST BATES. Embarked for France in February, 1915. Was seriously wounded in the chest, 21.5.1915, near Richebourg-l'Avoue, France. Was taken to the No 6 Casualty Clearing Station, where he died of wounds on 30.5.1915, aged 24 years. Buried MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row H, Grave 7.
- His sister received the following letter from Nurse Grayson at the C.C.S, 'Your brother was much worse when I came on duty. He was so glad to have your letter. It has been God's will to take him to himself at 3.30am. The poor lad had such difficulty in breathing and yet he struggled so hard to get better. He was longing to see you all again. All the orderlies were fond of him, he was so anxious not to give any trouble. He will be laid to rest in the large cemetery quite close to this hospital. Just his name and the date will put on a simple wooden cross above his head.'
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private HOLMES HARGREAVES
- regiment: Canadian Infantry
- died: Sunday, May 30, 1915
- record ID: 538977
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #538977)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #5928557)