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British Columbia / B.C. Postal History / WWI Censored - 17 May / 7 June 1916 - Field Post Office 2.X. to MILLSTREAM, B.C. (split ring / broken circle cancel / postmark)

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Letter sent from William 'Wildy' Dumbleton Holmes, D.S.O,, M.C. on the 17 May 1916 to his father William Cuthbert Holmes just before he was KIA on the 13 June 1916. Clipped from - The Province newspaper - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 17 Jun 1916 - CAPT. HOLMES IS KILLED - Holder of D. S. O. Meets Death on the Battlefield. Victoria, June 17. Captain W. D. Holmes. D. S. O., of the 7th Battalion, has been killed in action, according to a cablegram received by his father, William C. Holmes of Millstream, British Columbia. It states that he fell on June 14. probably during the recent heavy fighting at the British salient southeast of Ypres. Captain Holmes held the military Cross, both orders being personally conferred by the King in person, at the same time. He was 23 years of age and was born in India. Clipped from - The Victoria Daily Times newspaper - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - 23 September 1919 - Their First Action - The battle of Festubert was the 30th baptism of fire. Withput previous experience, such as the first contingent had, they were pushed straight into a battle which raged fiercely over hotly contested ground for many days. The 7th Battalion Buffered heavy losses, and the 30th men with that battalion died in dozens upholding the highest traditions of the "Fighting Seventh." The attack on K 5 trench was largely carried out by the draft from the 30th. Lieut. W. D. Holmes led the bombers. These men with only one hours' theoretical training in the art of bombing went over the top and drove the Germans out, commencing their war service by capturing an enemy trench. Lieut. W. D. Holmes won the D. S. O. for his gallantry on that occasion, his first time in action. He eventually won his captaincy, and the M. C. before winning a soldier's grave. William 'Wildy' Dumbleton Holmes, D.S.O,, M.C. is the only Canadian and one of only five soldiers of the Great War to have been awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross at the same time. LINK to his Personnel Records from the First World War - www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-wo... William 'Wildy' Dumbleton Holmes, D.S.O,, M.C. (b. 10 June 1893 in Mangalore, Karnātaka, India – 13 June 1916 at age 23 in Ypres, Belgium) Postage was not required on mail from Canadian soldiers in England and France. Until July 28, 1917, however, Canadian Exchange Offices for overseas soldiers' mail affixed Canadian postage stamps on stampless mail received from soldiers overseas. The stamps were not paid by the sender or the addressee. Canadian Expedition Force, Ypres, Belgium mailed free to Canada, with 2¢ + 1¢ added at Victoria (?) by the Post Office, - sent from - / FIELD POST OFFICE / X / MY 17 / 16 / 2.X. / - F.P.O. 2.X / 2 Canadian Brigade (B&T M6-77 / RF D / Proofed July 1915) - signed above this cancel - Wm. D. Holmes The cover above, dated 17 May 1916, carries the hexagonal field censor mark in red ink type CM4 and number ??? which was put in use in January 1916. (from - Wrigley's 1918 British Columbia Directory) - MILLSTREAM - a Post Office and farming settlement on Vancouver Island, in Esquimalt Provincial Electoral District, 11 miles from Victoria. Colwood is the nearest station on the E. N. Railway, distant 5 miles. Victoria is the nearest telegraph office of C. P. R. and G. N. W. Anglican church. The population in 1918 was 100. Local resources: Farming, lumbering, beautiful scenery and excellent sporting. MILLSTREAM Post Office opened - 1 May 1892; closed - 30 June 1901; re-opened - 1 June 1903; closed - 1 July 1907; re-opened - 14 March 1908; closed - 14 November 1945 on inauguration of R.M.D. Langford Station RR No. 1. LINK to a list of the Postmasters who served at the MILLSTREAM Post Office - www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/postal-heritage-philately/...; - arrived at - / MILLSTREAM / JUN 7 / 16 / B.C. / - split ring arrival - this split ring hammer was proofed - 2 May 1892 - (RF D). Addressed to his father - Wm Cuthbert Holmes Esq / Will-o-the-Wisps / Millstream P.O. / Nr. Victoria, B.C. / Canada William Cuthbert Holmes (b. 20 November 1854 in Dublin, Ireland – d. 9 December 1930 at age 76 in Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada) His wife: Clara Eveline (nee Dumbleton) Holmes (b. 20 August 1866 in Western Cape, South Africa – d. 1 August 1926 at age 59 in Victoria, British Columbia) W. CUTHBERT HOLMES DEAD - Retired Indian Civil Servant Had Resided Here Since 1902 - William Cuthbert Holmes, a resident of Victoria for nearly thirty years and a former member of the Indian Civil Service, passed away yesterday at his residence, 11 Cook street, in his seventy-seventh year. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. L. B. Bridges; two sons, Major H. Cuthbert Holmes, M.A., J.P., and T. C. Holmes, B.C.L.S. and five grand-children Cicely, Desmond Cuthbert, Philllp Pemberton, Elizabeth and Vincent Buxton Holmes. His younger son was killed overseas in June 1916. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Church on Monday afternoon at 3.30 O'clock. BORN IN DUBLIN - The late Mr. Holmes was born In Dublin on November 20, 1854, and came of a family of sailors and parsons, and of which Lord Heytesbury is now the head. He entered the Indian Civil Service at a time when competition was very keen, and went out to India in 1877 to join that small band of devoted men who governed the vast Indian Empire. Handicapped by delicate health, but helped by sterling ability. Mr. Holmes showed an intense devotion to duty and much charm of manner. After twelve years' service he was tentatively appointed to a position of considerable importance for so young an officer. Then occurred a serious difference of opinion with his superior officers over the trial and his acquittal of a number of men accused of murder. Mr. Holmes, with characteristic unselfishness and determination would not allow his conscience to be over-ridden. The consequences were obvious. Mr. Holmes almost retired then, but for the sake of his family, he completed his service to full pension, though with a heavy heart. In 1890 Mr. Holmes married Clara Eveline, youngest daughter of Henry Dumbleton of Hall Grove, Bagshot, England, who predeceased him in 1926. CAME HERE IN 1902 - In 1902, on completion of twenty-five years' service, Mr. Holmes retired and came to Victoria to reside. He had always been active In mind and body, riding, walking and mountaineering a great deal. When well on in his sixties he thought little of walking twenty miles through the Highland district, where he had a farm. But an illness and an accident curtailed his walks end finally hastened his death. He drew himself into his papers and books, making a keen study of human affairs and history, and occasionally writing a pamphlet on one of his hobbies, especially simplified spelling. During the long years of his last Illness he was nursed with complete devotion by his daughter, Mrs. Bridges.



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