Frederick William Holmes

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For the British tug of war Olympic medalist of the same name, see Frederick Holmes.
Frederick William Holmes
Lance Corporal Frederick William Holmes.jpg
Born 15 September 1889
Bermondsey, London
Died 22 October 1969 (aged 80)
Port Augusta, Australia
Buried at

Stirling North Garden Cemetery, Section 2, Row E, Grave 6, Port Augusta, South Australia.

Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1907 - 1921
Rank Captain
Unit The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
Médaille militaire

Captain Frederick William Holmes VC (15 September 1889 – 22 October 1969) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Holmes was 24 years old, and a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place at the battle of Le Cateau for which he was awarded the VC.

On 26 August 1914 at Le Cateau, France, Lance-Corporal Holmes carried a wounded man out of the trenches under heavy fire and later helped to drive a gun out of action by taking the place of a driver who was wounded.

He later achieved the rank of Captain.


  1. ^ Port Augusta City Council Burial Register, visiting the grave site and photographing the plaque

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