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John William Holmes

Able Seaman

HMS Prince of Wales


Newspaper clippings from the Bradford Telegraph and Argus in 1941 (supplied by Frank Sugden)

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Text of the above news clipping for John W. Holmes:
Telegrams from the Admiralty reveal that two Bradford friends are among the missing from HMS Prince of Wales.

Able Seaman John W. Holmes, aged 21, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Albert Holmes, of 22, Donisthorpe Street, West Bowling.

Also, Able Seaman Herman Barraclough.

They joined the Navy together just over 12 months ago and were posted, after training, to HMS Prince of Wales, taking part in the action against Bismark, and witnessing the historic meeting between Mr Churchill and President Roosevelt.

Holmes was educated at St. Josephs Roman Catholic School.


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Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

In Memory of
Able Seaman
D/JX 213540
H.M.S. Prince of Wales, Royal Navy
who died on
Wednesday 10 December 1941

Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Devon, United Kingdom 
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 47, Column 2.