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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Holmes
First Name:William Alfred
Birth Date:
Branch:Naval Torpedo Corps

William Alfred Holmes


To rank with but after Sub-Lieutenants in the Naval Forces and with Sub-Lieutenants in the Naval Reserve, according to date of Commission. Victorian Government Gazette, 28 March 1879.

Present at the Torpedo Accident off Queenscliff in 1881 as an Electrician in the Naval Torpedo Corps.

Name inscribed on the Silver Soup Tureen presented to Paymaster James Arthur Thompson by members of the crew of HMVS Cerberus and the Naval Torpedo Corps connected with the Torpedo Accident in 1881.

photograph courtesy of Shirley & David Joy.
Mystery of the Silver Soup Tureen

Probationary appointment as Sub-Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve.
Bendigo Advertiser, 13 June 1885

Mentioned in the Victorian Government Gazette on 19 March 1886 as being transferred from the Naval Brigade to the Unattached List.

Listed in the Victorian Defence Forces List 1 September 1887 as being on the Unattached List.

Mentioned in the Victorian Government Gazette dated 25 September 1896 as having been removed from the Unattached List.

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.