Year of Birth:  1897

Place of Birth:  Conwil, Glamorganshire, Wales

Date of Enlistment:  4 March 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  29 June 1915

Ship:  HMAT Aeneas A60

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  25th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  885

Died:  13 October 1915 – Gallipoli



Photo – courtesy of Discovering Anzacs.


Evan Holmes was born on the 27 June 1897 in Wales to Josiah Holmes and Mary Jones, There were 9 children in his family, seven were born in Wales and two in Queensland. William 1894, Evan 1897, George Henry 1896, David Dan (Daniel) 1898, Josiah 1900, Mary Elizabeth 1908, Thomas Llewellyn 1909, Queenie Emily born 1922 Atherton and Robert Stanley born Cairns 1912,

In 1901 the Holmes family were residing at Llanfihangel Cardiganshire, Wales and the surname was recorded as Homes.

The family decided to immigrate to Australia and they arrived in October 1910. Evan’s brothers William, George Henry and David Daniel enlisted in the Australian Army. William, after his enlistment, was rejected on medical grounds, George Henry was killed in action 18 October 1917 and David Daniel returned home.

Evans father Josiah died 10 January 1941.

On his enlistment Evan was residing in Cairns, his age was 18 years 2 months, his occupation was a bridge carpenter.  His next of kin was his father Josiah Holmes of Bungalow, Cairns. His height was 5 feet 8 inches, weight 14 pounds, with ruddy complexion, brownish eyes and light brown hair. He gave his religion as Church of England.

Evan Holmes died of wounds received at Gallipoli Peninsula on the 13 October 1915. He is buried in the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province.


Photos courtesy Discovering Anzacs


NAA: B2455


NAA: B2455

HMAT Aeneas A60 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Northern Herald, 9 November 1915, p4


Northern Herald 9 May 1918, p21


Northern Herald 9 January 1919, p36



Online Resources

Photograph of the HMAT Aeneas A60: PB002, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Evan Holmes, National Archives of Australia

NAA:B2455, George Henry Holmes, National Archives of Australia

NAA:B2455  David Daniel Holmes, National Archives of Australia

NAA:B2455, William Holmes, National Archives of Australia

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Images, Discovering Anzacs

Northern Herald,  9 November 1915 p4

Northern Herald,  9 May 1918 p21

Northern Herald,  9 January 1919 p 36


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