LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Kenneth Woodfull HOLMES

Service No: 39781 (Australian Army)
Born: Prahran VIC, 30 June 1896
Enlisted in the Army: 7 June 1915
Unit: No. 22 Squadron RFC
Died: Injuries from Air Operations, France, 11 August 1917, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Noyelles-Godault Communal Cemetery, Noyelles-Godault, Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Place of Association: Armadale VIC
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 11 August 1917, Lieutenant Holmes (Observer) and Lieutenant Eric Arthur Hunter Ward RFC (Pilot), flying Bristol Fighter aircraft A7179, were last seen above clouds at 6,000 feet north-east of Douai while leading an offensive patrol.  It was later learned that Lieutenant Holmes had been taken prisoner of war and died from injuries the same day while Lieutenant Ward had been killed in the combat action.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, HOLMES K W
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/970 page 2, 135949

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