Yorkshire Chess History



James Gibb Holmes











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1866, Birkby, Huddersfield



1940, registration district of Bridgewater, Somerset



Non-Chess Life


The parents of James Gibb Holmes were Thomas Walter Holmes (born 1837/38, Bethnal Green, London) and Christiana Louisa Holmes (born 1838/39, Greenwich(?)), who had at least the following four children:


William Addison Holmes

born 1864/65, Hackney, London

James Gibb Holmes

born 1866, Birkby, Huddersfield

Christiana Eliza Holmes

born 1868/69, Birkby, Huddersfield

Charles Holmes

born 1871/72, Huddersfield


The birth of James Gibb Holmes seems to be that listed in the death index as being registered in the fourth quarter of 1866, though the name is given as “James G. H. Holmes”, with an added initial “H.”


The birthplaces of the children suggest the parents lived in the London area before moving to Huddersfield around 1865, give or take a year.


The 1871 census found the parents and three children living on Bankfield Road, off Manchester Road, Huddersfield.  Father Thomas was a bank clerk.


The 1881 census found James Gibb Holmes at boarding school at Gildersome, to the south west of Leeds.


James’s mother, Christiana Louisa Holmes, died at some time from 1881 to 1891.


The 1891 census found widower Thomas Walter Holmes and his three sons living at 50 Bankfield Road, Huddersfield.  Father Thomas was still a bank clerk.  William was an art student.  24-year-old James and 19-year-old Charles were stated to be unemployed.


The 1901 census found father Thomas and sons James and Charles living still at 50 Bankfield Road, Huddersfield.  64-year-old Thomas was now a retired bank clerk.  James was a shorthand teacher at a school.  Charles apparently had no occupation.


At some time from 1901 to 1911 father Thomas Walter Holmes and son James Gibb Holmes moved to Wiltshire.


The 1911 census found father Thomas and son James living at Bowden View, Station Road, Corsham, Wiltshire.  Thomas was living on his own means, while James was a writer.  Thomas had completed all the census return except James’s age, which had been incorrectly entered as 48 in a different hand; he was actually 44.




The death of “James G. Holmes”, who was presumably our man, at age 73, was registered in the second quarter of 1940, at Bridgewater, Somerset.




“J. G. Holmes” of Huddersfield played in the 1898 Lancashire v Yorkshire match, in the 1899 Yorkshire v Lancashire match, in the 1902 Yorkshire v Lancashire match, .


He played for Huddersfield in the 1901-02 Woodhouse Cup competition.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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