3rd Pioneer Introduction
1915 The 48th Overseas Battalion
1916 48th to 3rd Pioneer
War Diary Sample
3rd Pioneer at Vimy Ridge
1917 The Breakup of 3rd Pioneer
Transferred into 29th Battalion
How the 29th Battalion Saw It
Those Who Fell: Honor Roll
Lt. Colonel Holmes
Badges & Insignia
Other Pioneer Battalions

Lieutenant Colonel Holmes, Officer Commanding

Lt-Col. William Josiah Hartley Holmes was born May 28th 1871 in St. Catharine's Ontario. Forty-four years old in 1915, he stood six foot tall with a 43 inch chest and grey hair. He was married but gave his next of kin as Col. J.G. Holmes (an Artillery officer in Victoria from 1883 to 1909) of Carberry Gardens, Victoria, B.C.

A civil engineer by occupation, he had served in the Canadian Militia since graduating from Royal Military College in 1891. Between 1902 and 1908 he led #4 Company Rocky Mountain Rangers; between 1908 and 1912 he was the Commanding Officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers.

He returned to Victoria as mentioned in the 1948 Association reunion.

48th Officer

Pro Imperio 1915


B.C. Coat of Arms 1915