The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Holme
First Name:
Charles
Nick Name:
Bubbles
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16416
Company:
Not Known
Enlisted:
10.09.1941
DOB:
23.03.1922
Place of Birth:
Harvey, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Karle Holme
Mothers's Name:
Alma Holme
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 22.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), Selarang Barracks Camp
Force:
'E' Force Borneo
POW#:
3/8155 & 1744
Cause of Death:
Believed to have been beheaded on the 2nd Ranau march.
Place of Death:
Sandakan‐Ranau track
Date of Death:
7.06.1945

General Description

Good mates Charles Holme and Jim Goldie were believed to have lived at Worsely when they enlisted.  Jim Goldie was also a close mate of Bill Beard.  Bill’s youngest sister June Edwards, remembers Jim Goldie and others being regular visitors at the Beard family home.

Charles ‘known as Bubbles’ Holme had the misfortune to be selected for E Force Borneo.  It is believed he was beheaded by his Japanese guards during the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death March.   He died on 7 June 1945.  His body was recovered somewhere on the track between Sandakan and Ranau. His was one of 4 bodies which were recovered after the war and was placed to rest at Labuan War Cemetery.

Bubbles was a brave young man of  22 years when he died.

Goldie was selected with ‘B’ Force which left Singapore for Borneo before ‘E’ “Force.  Goldie also died on the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death  March on 4 June 1945 just 3 days before Holme.  Goldie was 26 years.  His death was recorded by the Japanese as being Acute Enteritis – he was more than likely murdered by his guards.

The Holme family tragedy did not end with the death of Bubbles, his distraught father Karl Holme committed suicide in 1948.

‘Bubbles’ name is forever remembered on the Collie War Memorial.

 

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Death Notice West Australian 1 November 1945

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak
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