Godfrey Holmes was born at Great Barton, Suffolk.
He was resident there in 1881 - 1881 Census
On 4th Sep 1885 he enlisted in the 2nd Suffolk Regiment of Foot for a term of 7 years in the Army and 5 years in the Reserve. He served at Bury St Edmunds, Cork, Curragh Camp, Aldershot and Colchester and acording to his Army Account Book appears to left the Army at the end of November 1891. This is one year less than he enlisted for.
He lived at Dipple Lodge, part of Hall Barm Estate, Beaconsfield, Bucks. It is not known when he moved there or left, however, he was living there in 1901 (1901 Census) and was still there in 1907. I have a game keepers diary with his name the year and the place to confirm this. I assume he was a game keeper (or underkeeper) on the estate.
He later moved to Newtown, Sandford, Westmorland (Now Cumbria), England, where I belive he worked at Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby as a gamekeeper. During the First World War was employed at the Munitions Factory at Gretna, Scotland from 8th May 1917 until 20th Dec 1918. He died at Sandford on 3 Feb 1936 and was buried in Warcop Cemetery on 6 Feb 1936.