Thomas Edward Holmes
Royal Norfolk Regiment
Transported on KACHIDOKI MARU to Japan.
When the KACHIDOKI MARU was sunk by an American Submarine, the PAMPANITO
Only son of Thomas and Sarah Holmes, of Underwood, Nottinghamshire
From Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser:
25 June 1943
PRISONER OF WAR
Mr and Mrs T. Holmes, of Palmerston Street, Underwood, have received the good news from their son, L. Corpl. T. E. Holmes (Royal Norfolk's) that he is a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, and wishes to be remembered to all his friends.
Eighteen months ago he was reported missing by the War Office. Prior to joining the Forces he was employed at the Brinsley Branch of the Langley Mill and Aldercar Co-operative Society. Mr and Mrs Holmes wish to thank all friends who have made enquiries.
23 March 1945
MISSING AT SEA - DISTRESSING NEWS FOR UNDERWOOD PARENTS
Mr and Mrs T. Holmes, of Palmerston Street, Underwood, have been informed by the War Office that their son, L/Corpl. T. E. Holmes (Royal Norfolk Rgt.) is missing at sea after the sinking of a Japanese transport ship carrying prisoners of war from Thailand to Japan.
After a lapse of 18 months from the time that their son was reported missing by the War Office, the good news reached the parents in June, 1943, that he was a prisoner of war in Japanese hands.
Prior to joining the Forces he was employed at the Brinsley Branch of the Langley Mill and Aldercar Co-operative Society.