Lomax, Henry James (No. 8569)

Lomax, Henry James (Henry)

Lance Sergeant

No. 8569, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Killed in action on Saturday 19 December 1914 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Le Touret Memorial, France (Panel 9 and 10)

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

BIOGRAPHY

Henry James Lomax was born on 24 February 1890 at 57 Stratheden Street, Belfast and he was a son of James and Mary Jane Lomax (nee Hobbs) whose marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1883 in Dover, Kent.  James Lomax was born in Dublin and he was a career soldier; Mary Jane Hobbs was born in England and they had six children including:

Mary Elizabeth Daisy (born 10 March 1884 in the Military Barracks, Belfast)

Percy George (born 21 August 1886 in the Military Barracks, Belfast when his father was a Colour Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles)

Florence Ethel (born 30 June 1888 in Victoria Barracks, Belfast when her father was a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles)

Henry James (born 24 February 1890 at 57 Stratheden Street, Belfast)

Charles Edward (born 21 August 1892)

The Lomax family lived in Belfast, in Stratheden Street and in Hillman Street before they moved to Holywood where they lived at 24 Hibernia Street.

Henry James Lomax enlisted in Belfast before the war and, during the Great War, he served with the 2nd Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment).

Lance Sergeant Henry James Lomax was 24 when he was killed in action in France on 19 December 1914 and he has no known grave.

Lance Sergeant Henry James Lomax is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France; on Holywood and District War Memorial and on the Memorial Plaque in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).

Both of his brothers, Percy and Charles, were also on active service in the Great War.

His father, Sergeant Major James Lomax, died of arterio-sclerosis in Hibernia Street, Holywood on 13 June 1918 (aged 68)

In the 22 June 1918 edition of the County Down Spectator his father’s military funeral in Holywood was reported.

The remains of the late Sergeant Major James Lomax, Royal Irish Rifles were removed from his former residence in Hibernia Street for interment in Holywood Cemetery.  Full military honours were accorded.  It was reported that Sergeant Major James Lomax joined the Army in 1866 and, after his retirement, he was appointed to the office of Barrack Warden at Victoria Barracks.  He transferred to a similar position in Palace Barracks Holywood and held that position until his death on 13 June 1918 at the age of 68.

The funeral cortege was headed by a firing party and the band of the Somerset Light Infantry.

Mary Jane Lomax, James’s widow (Henry’s mother) died on 1 April 1931 in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), Belfast.  Probate of her will was granted to her son Charles Edward Lomax, then a civil servant.