Private Thomas William Holmes VC


Whilst serving in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment CEF, Holmes, aged 19, ran forward and threw two bombs at a German pillbox strong point. This occured on 26th October 1917 at Passchendaele. His unit had been held up by heavy machine-gun fire from the pillbox and unable to make any progress. Holmes acted on his own initiative. His bombs killed and wounded the crews of two machine-guns. He then fetched another bomb, throwing it into the entrance of the pillbox causing the surrender of the 19 occupants. He was born in Montreal and died in Toronto on 4th January 1950, buried at Owen Sound.


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by Stephen Luscombe