We’ve been contacted by another blog reader looking for some help filling out the final details of some family history research which has led him from Suffolk to Norfolk.
My grandfather, Albert Holmes from Newmarket Suffolk, was born in 1883. Albert was a Bricklayer before he joined up to the B Company of the 2nd Btn Suffolk Regiment. He was born in Exning (nr Newmarket) and lived in Newmarket. He married just before he joined up and his widow (my grandmother) never remarried but lived until 1971 aged 88 – much of the time in the house they moved into after the marriage!
We know he was home on leave late 1916/1917 as I have a photo of him with his wife and my mother – who was born in April 1915.
He is recorded on the War memorial in Newmarket but until I contacted the Suffolk Regiment Museum with a photograph I did not know that he was in the Norfolk Regiment. More research has let us know that Albert died of his wounds on 6th Aug 1918 and was buried in North Gate Cemetery in Baghdad.
I knew from my grandmother that he was buried in the Middle East but I don’t know if she even knew exactly where. I have two requests:
Does anyone have any photos of his grave or memorial in the North Gate Cemetary? At present I don’t know if he even has a grave or if this cemetary is still in existance.
Also I would also love to know is more about his service, things like when he returned from leave (which would more positively date my family photo), when he joined the Norfolks, when he arrived in the Middle East, when and where he was injured and in hospital.
I know that other readers of this blog have helped fill in the gaps for other people and I hope the same comes true here – thank you in advance, Mike Browne.
As ever if you can help tell Albert’s story please do drop us a line (firstname.lastname@example.org), leave a comment here or reach us on Twitter (@Norfolkinww1).