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Horace Holmes

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Sir Horace Edwin Holmes (30 March 1888 – 9 September 1971) was a British Labour Party politician and trade union official. Born in Royston, South Yorkshire, Holmes received an elementary education before becoming a coal miner. During World War I, he served as a sergeant in the Leeds Rifles, and received the Distinguished Conduct Medal. After the war, he returned to mining, and from 1923 was secretary of his branch of the Yorkshire Miners' Association. From 1923 until 1946, he also served on Royston Urban District Council, and for eleven years, he additionally served on the West Riding County Council. Sponsored by his union, Holmes was elected unopposed as Member of Parliament for Hemsworth at a by-election in 1946 following the death of the sitting MP George Griffiths. Holmes held the seat at the next three general elections, each time with the largest Labour majority in the election. From 1947 until 1951, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the successive Ministers of Fue
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