Albert Arundel Holmes (Sc. 1885-88), Captain, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born: January 16th, 1872, died of pneumonia, May 1915 aged 43.
Alun Holmes was educated at Brighton College (School House) from 1885 to 1888. After school he joined the Volunteer Artillery, a Victorian forerunner of the Territorial Army which was likewise part- time, and was based at Forfar and Kincardine. He received a part-time commission as a Lieutenant in 1892 and was promoted to Captain in 1895. This indicates that at the time he was living in Scotland but unfortunately the reason why his civilian career resulted in him moving there are unclear. In 1898 he married Ellen Né Lambard (1870-1956) at St Barnabus Church, Mayland, Essex and subsequently fathered four children. It may be that around this time he left the army and resettled to the Southern England again because it is clear that he later became a successful Lloyds underwriter and also listed his other profession, for the purposes of Lloyds’ records, as a farmer.