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William Tatham Holmes

Male 1905 - 1941  (35 years)

  • Name William Tatham Holmes  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 02 Jul 1905  Ajaccio, Corsica Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 4
    Education Sep 1919 - Dec 1923  King's School, Canterbury Find all individuals with events at this location ; Holme House  [4
    Occupation 1924 - 1941  Royal Air Force  [4
    Post/Rank/Title 01 Mar 1940  Wing-Commander  [4, 5
    Death 08 Feb 1941  Forfar Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Died while on active service - plane crash   [4, 6
    • Deaths -- On Active Service -- Holmes. In Feb. 1941, Wing-Commander William Tatham Holmes, R.A.F., husband of Barbara, only son of William J. Holmes and the late Aileen Holmes, of Bexhill-on-Sea, and grandson of the late Sir William R. Holmes, J.P., of Kilrea, Co. Down. [The Times, 04 Mar 1941]
    Burial   Arbroath Western Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 4, 6
    • Compt. D. North Border, Grave 7 [CWGC]
    • Wing Commander William Tatham Holmes. Royal Air Force. Date of birth: 2nd of July 1905. Date of death: 8th of February 1941. Killed on active service aged 35. Buried at Arbroath Western Cemetery Compt D North Border Grave 7.
      He was born at Ajaccio, Corsica on the 2nd of July 1905, the son of William James Holmes, consul.
      He was educated at Lynchmere School, Eastbourne, and at the King's School Canterbury from September 1919 to December 1923, where he was in Holme House. In 1923 he was a house monitor, played for the Rugby XV and rowed in the IV. He played in the Kent Public Schools Rugby Trials in 1923/24.
      On leaving school he joined the Royal Air Force and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on the 15th of July 1924 and after training he was posted to a fighter squadron. In April 1926, after promotion to Flying Officer, he went to India where he served with a bomber squadron and at the aircraft depot in Karachi. He returned to the UK in 1928 where he specialised at the Electrical and Wireless School and was afterwards a Signals Officer at a home station. In May 1929 he was elected as a member of the Royal Aero Club. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in April 1930 resuming flying duties with a fighter squadron in 1933. He was posted in 1934 to a Fleet Air Arm squadron on HMS Courageous and in 1937 he was appointed to the Staff College. On the 1st of February was promoted to Squadron Leader.
      On leaving the College he joined the staff of the Directorate of Operations in the Air Ministry and on the 1st of March 1940 he was promoted to Wing Commander and was later attached to the Fleet Air Arm.
      William Holmes was found dead in a crashed Gloucester Gladiator aircraft, registration N5545 at Lour House Farm, three miles from Forfar. His death was reported by Surgeon Commander Mather of the Royal Naval Air Station at Montrose.
      [KSC Roll of Honour website accessed 09 May 2010]
    • not found in 1911 census
    Person ID I1427  Tatham | Bloxham branch, Christopher branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 02 Mar 2014 

    Father William James Holmes,   b. abt 1863, Sarajevo, Bosnia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jun 1945, Hindhead Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Aileen Tatham,   b. 27 May 1878, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1934, 84 Dorset Rd, Bexhill-on-Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Marriage 24 Jan 1899  St Mary, Plaistow, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8
    • On the 24th inst., at St. Mary's, Plaistow, Bromley, Kent, by the Rev. Canon Alfred Millard William Christopher, Hon. Canon of Christ Church and Rector of St. Aldate, Oxford, the great uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Proby Littler Cautley, Rector of Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks, cousin of the bride, the Rev. John Bond, the Vicar of St. Mary's, Plaistow, Bromley, Kent, and the Rev. Harry Francis Maltby, Curate of St. Mary's, Plaistow, Bromley, William James Holmes, her Britannic Majesty's Consul, Asuncion, Paraguay, son of the late Sir William Richard Holmes, of her Majesty's Consular Service, to Aileen, second daughter of Percy Charles French Tatham, of Thorncroft, Bromley-park, Bromley, Kent. [Morning Post]
    Family ID F0329  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 03 Oct 2012 
    Family ID F0047  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Ajaccio Consulate, abt 1906 - 1910.
      William T Holmes
      ref 1301

    3. [S05] The Times, death notice, 04 Mar 1941.

    4. [S07] Other Sources, King's School Canterbury Roll of Honour.
      website accessed 09 May 2010

    5. [S35] London Gazette, p. 1473, 12 Mar 1940.

    6. [S34] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    7. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Bromley, 1Q1899.

    8. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Post, 31 Jan 1899.
      marriage notice