Lieutenant Charles Holmes MC and Bar
In 1901 Charles was living in house 1, Ballybogan, Clonleigh South, Co. Donegal with his parents and 2 siblings, Robert Brooks and William. A servant, Patrick Cullen was also living in the property.
By 1911 the property is described as house 4, Ballybogan, Clonleigh South, Co. Donegal. 2 daughters had been born since 1901, Annie Margaret and Rebecca Mary.
Holmes would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1912 working in Lurgan and Central branches.
Holmes served with the 13th Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of Lieutenant. His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 22nd June 1918.
He later transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps where he continued his service as a Lieutenant.
The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Holmes as being 'previously wounded' with his last known address as being 'in France'.
As an officer he would have had to apply for his service medals, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
He was also awarded the Military Cross twice (MC and Bar).
His first citation was published in the London Gazette on 16th September 1918 reads
The second citation was published by the London Gazette on 1st February 1919. It reads: