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- Biography -
- Arthur Holmes Gore -

Name : Arthur Holmes Gore

Son of Thomas Holmes Gore and Ellen M Gore of Leyton, Essex.

Born 1871, Leyton, Essex

Married 1894 Liverpool : Elsie Alice M Beatty : daughter Dorothy Holmes-Gore born 1896

Arthur Holmes Gore, or as he later styled himself, Arthur Holmes-Gore, was a minor actor in the theatre. Some of the productions he appeared in were :

1906 : The School for Husbands : Scala Theatre, London
1907 : Barry Doyle's Best Cure : Royal Court Theatre, London
1908 : The House : Royal Court Theatre, London
1908 : Mrs Bill : Royal Court Theatre, London
1908 : Lanval : The Playhouse, London
1908 : Hannele : Her Majesty's Theatre, London
1910 : Mrs Skeffington : Queens Theatre, London
1910 : The House Divided : Queens Theatre, London
1911 : Kismet : Marlborough Theatre, Holloway, London
1914-15 : The Flag Lieutenant : Haymarket Theatre, London

He also appeared in, and directed, a number of early movie pictures. See Arthur Holmes-Gore IMdb entry.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1915) includes a photo of him in an elaborate Ruritanian army uniform.
  Census information :

1871 : Thomas and Ellen Gore, with their children including Arthur aged 2 months, are at Vicarage Road, Leyton, Essex. Thomas Gore is a Solicitor and Magistrate's Clerk.

1881 : Thomas and Ellen Gore, with their children including Arthur aged 10, are at 31, Cornwallis Crescent, Clifton, Gloucestershire. Thomas Gore is a Solicitor and Magistrate's Clerk.

1891 : Thomas Gore, with his children including Arthur aged 20, are at 31, Cornwallis Crescent, Clifton, Gloucestershire. Thomas Gore is a Solicitor and Magistrate's Clerk. Arthur Gore is a Law Student.

1901 : Arthur Holmes-Gore and his wife Elsie, with daughter Dorothy aged 4, are at 16, Faraday Mansions, Fulham. They are both Actors.

1911 : Arthur Holmes-Gore and his wife Elsie, are at an hotel at 139 -141 Kings Road Brighton. They are both Actors.

  Service Details :

Captain Arthur Holmes Gore, 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).

London Gazette 27 January 1915. He was appointed temporary Captain with effect from 9 January 1915. He previously served in Volunteer Regiments in London (see obituary below).
Casualty Details :

Died 12 August 1915 aged 44, Gallipoli

Commemorated at : Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial, Drill Hall, Newport
  Photo Gallery :

Officers of the 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment in 1915 illustrated in The Hampshire Regimental Journal Oct 1915.
14 of the 29 Officers pictured died in WW I. Click image to enlarge.
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

The Times : 25 Feb 1888 : Arthur Holmes Gore passed the Preliminary Examination of the Incorporated Law Society.
The Times : 29 Apr 1893 : Arthur Holmes Gore passed the Final Examination of the Incorporated Law Society.


Friday, August 27, 1915 Page 5

Isle of Wight Rifles.

The anxiety which has existed during the last few days regarding the Imperial Service Battalion of the Isle of Wight Rifles - the 8th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (T.F.) - is still unrelieved. Following the announcement that Rifleman Wray, of Newport, had died as the result of wounds, came the inclusion in the official lists published on Monday of the name of 2nd Lieut. A.G.A. Sutton among the wounded. These two facts clearly indicated that the Rifles had either been in action or had been fired upon in an attempted landing. Since then we regret to announce that more serious news has been received, no fewer than eight of the officers of the battalion being reported as missing and believed to be killed. The names of the eight officers are: -
Major E.H. Lewis (second in command)
Captain D.W. Ratsey
Captain C. Ratsey
Captain A. Holmes Gore
Captain G.C. Loader
Lieut. A.C. Young-James
2nd Lieut. L.C. Watson
2nd Lieut. F.C.M. Raymond
Of course there is still a hope that some of the above officers may have been taken prisoners by the Turks whose record in the treatment of their prisoners is far better than that of the Germans. Very naturally the question repeatedly asked is "If the officers have suffered so badly what has been the fate of the N.C.O.'s and men?" We trust there may soon be an end to the existing suspense.


Saturday 4 September 1915

Capt. Arthur Holmes-Gore, who is one of the six officers of the 8th Hampshire Regiment (T.F.), who in Tuesday's official list was reported to be "missing, believed killed", was a solicitor, a soldier, and an actor, though to the London public he was best known in the last-named capacity. He was appearing at the Haymarket Theatre as the Admiral in "The Flag Lieutenant" when he received his commission, which necessitated his throwing up the part. His performance in that play was probably the best piece of work he did on the stage, and he filled the part both on its original production at the Playhouse in 1908, during the recent revival, and at the command performance before King Edward at Sandringham. He was a member of Sir Herbert Tree's company in 1896, and visited the United States of America with him. On his return he appeared in the provinces in "A Message from Mars", and played Mr. Hawtrey's part 750 times. Since then he has appeared both in England and America in a variety of parts, ranging from Shakespeare to "Kismet". He was a member of the Council of the Actors' Association and of the Actors' Benevolent Fund. Capt, Holmes-Gore joined the 8th Hampshires from the United Arts Volunteer Rifles (now the 1st Battalion Central London Regiment Volunteers), of which he was then adjutant, and which he had taken a leading part in organising from the time of its foundation soon after the war broke out.

Will : National Probate Calendar entry 1917 : GORE Arthur Holmes of 16 Faraday-mansions Queens Club Gardens West Kensington Middlesex temporary Captain Hampshire Regiment died 12 August 1915 Gallipoli Probate London 19 June to Edward James Watson solicitor Effects £500.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research
Ann Riley for the Officers group photo
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