Royal Scots Fusiliers and RAF group, Bernard Cecil Holmer Air Commodore


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A very interesting group of 7  to Bernard Cecil Holmer

1915 star BWM and victory  named to 2118 Pte B C Holmer R Scots WW2 medals and coronation medal unnamed as issued

Pre war Bernard worked for the National Health Insurance Commission (Scotland) as a clerk

He attested 31st August 1914 giving his address as 19 Hillview Terrace Midlothian

He entered France 24th Feb 1915 with 1st 9th Royal Scots and was involved in 2nd battle of Ypres he was wounded 25th April 1915 GSW left leg. He was evacuated home on the hospital ship St Patrick to a hospital in Great Warley Essex for an operation on his leg wound and recuperated near Brentwood. He was classified as home service and posted as NCO to 3rd 9th battalion Royal Scots based at Peebles August 1915 to Dec 1916

He was then transferred to 3rd reserve battalion RSF based at Fort Matilda Dec 16 to feb 17

Before embarking  for France again Feb 1917 joining the 1st battalion in the lines at arras wounded in the 3rd battle for the Scarpe 6th may 1917 he was admitted to 7th Field Ambulance with GSW shoulder and face and evacuated back to east Leeds war hospital may to July 1917 he served the rest of the war in the reserve at fort Matilda being removed 7th Feb 1919


post war he returned to Scottish Board of Health and in 1922 he transferred to air ministry rising through the ranks.

In ww2 he was in the reserve of air force officers 1st of May 1942 London Gazette promotion to Group Captain in class CC.

On 12 Feb 1943 promoted to Air Commodore admin and special duties branch in class CC.

1st Jan 1945 he was mid as Honorary Air Commodore B C Holmer RAFVR

He relinquished his commission 31st July 1946

He served as a senior accounts officer in Air Ministry ending up as Chief Auditor of Iraq


Mounted on card on replacment ribbons  an interesting group to a very interesting and senior civil servant more research needed

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