War dead Female Born 23/9/1941 Died 19/2/1944
Gloria Caroline Holmes was born on 23 September 1941 at St Martin's Hospital, Bath, Somerset. She was the daughter of James Robert Holmes (1904-1944) and Caroline L. Farmer (1921-1944). Her father was a Gunner in the Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, service number 1476811, but was not married to her mother.
Her birth certificate shows her mother as 'Mabel Caroline Holmes formally Farmer' and that she was living at 9 Barrow Road, Bath.
She died, aged 2 years, on 19 February 1944, together with her mother, her mother's partner and her mother's partner's other daughter Joan Florence Holmes (1934-1944), at their home at 116 Shaftesbury Street, Hoxton, as a result of enemy action. They were buried together on 25 February 1944 at Chingford Mount Cemetery, 121 Old Street Road, London, E4 6ST.
All four names are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour that is kept just outside St George's Chapel at the west end of Westminster Abbey.