Alfred John Holmes

14 February 1875–10 November 1952 (Age 77)
Cape Colony, South Africa

The Life Summary of Alfred John

When Alfred John Holmes was born on 14 February 1875, in Cape Colony, South Africa, his father, George Thorne Holmes, was 25 and his mother, Elizabeth Maria Botha, was 16. He married Catherine Eleanor Comley on 14 January 1902, in South Africa. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He died on 10 November 1952, in Seymour, Cape Province, South Africa, at the age of 77, and was buried in Cathcart, Cape Province, South Africa.

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Family Time Line

Alfred John Holmes
Catherine Eleanor Comley
Marriage: 14 January 1902
Rita Eleanor Holmes
Stella Vita Holmes
Ellaline Elizabeth Holmes

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 January 1902South Africa
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    Britain claims Walvis Bay.
    Age 4
    British defeat the Zulus in Natal. British and colonial forces destroy Zulu army at Isandhlwana. Griqualand East annexed to Cape Colony.
    Age 22
    Part of Zululand incorporated into British colony of Natal. King Solomon ka Dinizulu exiled.

    Name Meaning

    (1997: 48841;2007: 111565; 2010: 156780)English: either from the plural form of Holme , or else a variant of Holme or Home , with excrescent -s (see Holm ).Scottish: probably a habitational name from Holmes near Dundonald (Ayrshire), or possibly from another place so called in the barony of Inchestuir (Angus). Both placenames likely derive from the plural form of Middle English, Older Scots holm ‘islet, raised land in a marsh’ (see Holm ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (9)

    • Alfred John Holmes, "South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973"
    • Alfred John Holmes, "South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972"
    • Estate Register of Alfred John Holmes, "South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989"

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