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HULMES, JOHN

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Rank:
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Regiment/Service:
Grave Reference:
Text on stone:

Private
14337114
27/09/1944
20
King’s Own Scottish Borderers 6th Bn.
II. D. 7.
Well done

Additional Information:

Son of Alfred and Minnie Hulmes, of Thornton, Blackpool, Lancashire.

Born on 27-2-1924 in Billinge, Lancashire. John Hulmes died of his wounds on the 27th of September 1944. He was initially buried at Meerveldhoven before being moved to the Valkenswaard War Cemetery.

He was born on 17 February 1924 in Billinge, Lancashire in north west England. Later the family moved to Thornton near Blackpool. He was the third of six children and the oldest son.

His father, Alfred worked as a joiner and then as a market gardener. He had been badly gassed in the first world war and was often ill.

His battalion, 6th battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers,  entered France soon after the D-Day landings and fought their way up through France, Belgium and then into Holland.

He was killed on the 27 September 1944 when a shell fired by American troops hit a woodland where he and other soldiers were sheltering. He was hit by a falling tree.

His younger brother Arthur (Cameronian Scottish Rifles) was also in the area. They had met by accident the day before John’s death. Arthur got permission to visit his brother the next day. When he arrived he was told that his brother had been wounded and then discovered that John had died only a few minutes before his arrival.

The telegram with news of John’s death arrived on 6 October 1944 during my parent’s wedding.

Many members of my family have visited John’s grave in Valkenswaard.

Brother Arthur Hulmes

Original gravesite at Meerveldhoven.