Private Holme was a native of Cheadle Hulme, his grandfather, Zaccheus Walsh, still living at Mosley Bank. The family later moved to 18 Linden Grove, Woodsmoor, Stockport but when the 1901 census was taken they were still at 35 Cheadle Road. His parents were Edward and Maude and he was the second of three children. He had an older brother, John and a younger sister, Maude.
The census describes Edward's occupation as a shoemaker. This implies he was a craftsman cobbler but, in fact, he must have been a very successful businessman which allowed him to employ four live-in servants. There were two nurses to look after the children as well as a cook and a housemaid.
Zaccheus had been educated at Daw Bank School, Cheadle and Manchester Grammar School and worked as a clerk at the Stockport branch of the Union Bank of Manchester.
Like many others from the locality who joined up, he was a keen cricket and lacrosse player. He enlisted in early September 1914 at Manchester, most probably with other members of the Lacrosse Club. He probably needed no incentive, but the Union Bank had just agreed to pay its staff who joined the Territorials full salary, for a period of six months. Click here for an account of the Battalion's early months of training and service in Egypt.
On 6 May 1915, Zaccheus and his comrades landed at Gallipoli, ready to go into action. Details of the following month can be found here. The account includes an extract from Zaccheus' last letter home.