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    LAC Harrington F. HOLMES - 843311 - 2 Balloon Centre 905 Sqn Kensington
    Biography says he died on duty in London.

    The birth of Harrington Holmes, who was known by his middle name of Frank, was registered early in 1897 in Epping. His father, Piers Nevill Holmes, a stockbroker in the City, died in 1908, when Frank was barely ten, leaving his widow, Annie Emma Blundell and three children. Frank was educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfordshire. It is likely that he saw service in the First World War, but any matching service records have not been located.

    At the time of the outbreak of the Second World War, Frank was single and living in Ashley Gardens, Petersham. He served in the Auxiliary Air Force, a corps of ‘elite civilians’ whose squadrons, unlike those of the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve were grouped in ‘social circles’. Frank was attached to the 905 (Barrage) Balloon Squadron, located in Kensington, but answering to the Number 2 Balloon Centre in Hook, Surrey. The motto of the Squadron was Vi et Ictu—By Force and Impact.

    The Operations Record Book for 26 September 1940 indicates that there were three ‘red’ air raid warnings. 32 of the Squadron’s 45 balloons were flying. The enemy was active over the barrage area for almost 24 hours causing considerable damage to several of the Squadron’s sites as well as partially demolishing their ‘billet’. Four casualties were admitted to hospital with Frank’s injuries alone proving fatal.

    https://petershamremembers.wordpress...-frank-holmes/

    Still can not find him in death register.

    Martyn

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    Martyn

    There is a 'Frank H. Holmes', aged 43, registered Hammersmith in September 1940, which may be him...?

    I've come across this a few times, where the Christian names have been transposed, so it's a possibility.

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    Simon

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    Good thinking.

    Martyn

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