Horace Holmans was born in Paddington on the 5th December 1915.
His mother Eliza (née Cooch) died when Horace was only two and a half, and his father passed away just three years later.
He married Margaret Ivy Coombes at the parish church in Westcote, Gloucestershire on the 1st September 1934.
Six year later he married Dorothy Violet Silvester in Reading; they had two children.
During the war Horace served as a sapper with the Royal Engineers based in Gosprt, Hampshire.
He was killed during the breakout from the Normandy beach-head in June 1944.
Horace is buried along with other members of 66 Field Company at the
Bayeaux War Cemetery, in Calvados.
They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
and in morning
We will remember them.