James (Jim) Holmes was the son of John and Sarah Holmes, of Bastwell, Blackburn, Lancashire. He enlisted in the Border Regiment, and volunteered for Airborne Forces.
His brother, Fusilier, 4458910 John Holmes served in the 30th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed on 13 September 1942, aged 24.
Rifleman Holmes successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles, and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).
Rfn Holmes was killed in action on 24 March 1945, aged 24, and was given a field burial at Hamminkeln, Germany, and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery on 16 April 1947.
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