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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Edward James Holmes

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Date of birth: 26th October 1923
Place of birth: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Parents: James and Agnes Holmes
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 162448
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Edward was born in Paisley, Renfreshire on 26th October 1923 to parents James and Agnes Holmes. The family settled in Ayr. Edward entered the Navy at age 15 and was trained at H.M.S. St. George and the Isle of Man before joining H.M.S. Hood. He was 17 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Edward and fellow trainees at the Isle of Man

Edward and classmates at H.M.S. St. George, Rosyth

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Edward's name is in Column 3 of Panel 51.

Detail of Edward's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His cousin, Mrs Margaret Pressly (photos & information, July 2005)