On Tuesday, 9 October it will be 100 years ago to the day that Private William Edgar Holmes VC, from Tewkesbury Borough, was awarded the highest military honour for bravery, valour and devotion to his country; the Victoria Cross.
To mark this most special centenary, a service will be attended by family members, civic dignitaries, soldiers (both serving and retired), the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, the Earl of Weymss, the Grenadier Guards, the Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough and many more. Members of the public are welcome to attend the churchyard service where the memorial stone will be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant along with children from the local primary school. The Last Post will be played and a minute silence will follow as a mark of respect. The commemorative event, hosted by Tewkesbury Borough Council, will be held at St George’s Church, Didbrook on Tuesday, 9 October.
Private Holmes was born in Wood Stanway and was awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Cattenieres on 9, October 1918. He was fatally wounded when carrying injured soldiers from the battlefield in the very last weeks of WWI.
The Borough Mayor, Ruth Hatton said “We are humbled to have been able to arrange such an important event to honour a true hero. The timing of his death during WWI is really poignant and it will be lovely to see members of his family get together with the community to commemorate the 100 years since the Victoria Cross was awarded.”