B66008 Rifleman Frank Holmes was born on 29 December 1912, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the son of Frank Holmes and Ethel Morton. He had two sisters.
He left school at age 16 and was working as a farmhand when he enlisted.
Holmes enlisted with “B” Squadron 2/10th, Dragoons on 2 July 1940 and indicated previous service with them. On 7 April 1941 he was transferred to The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and after training in Sussex, New Brunswick, embarked with them on the HMT Strathmore, arriving in Gourock, Scotland on 29 July 1941.
He trained with the QOR in England and was briefly posted to the Headquarters of the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade in April 1943.
Rifleman Holmes landed with B Company on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action, aged 31. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. A. 2.