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Cecil William Holmes



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    Cecil William AWMM
  • Surname
    Holmes AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 June 1921 AWMM WaipukurauHawkes Bay AWMM
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    Captain Alan Holmes (father), Defence Department, Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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    • Europe (Air) AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 Jul 1940 AWMM Clerk AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Injured 9 January 1941, aircraft accident AWMM

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Biographical information

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    • Son of Alan Holmes (11/1164) and Ivy Marion Holmes (nee Watt).

      Husband of first Margaret M. Enns from whom he separated. He then had two partners: Elsa Sandra Dingly Le Brun, mother of his daughter; and Elizabeth Florence Warner.

      His mother's brother, William James Watt (53849) died of wounds in WW1.

      He was a significant filmmaker in New Zealand and later Australia.

      His film Mail Run (1947) documented the weekly RNZAF flights from Auckland to Japan to supply Jayforce.

      Another The Change-over (1948) documented the conversion of the RNZAF C-47 Dakotas used in the Pacific during the war to the civilian airliners. AWMM
    • He has a daughter Amanda Holmes-Tzafrir by Elsa Sandra LeBrun Holmes (1924-2017) and a grandson Ariel Tzafrir. Public - Amanda - Child - 18 January 2019 - family contribution
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About death

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  • Death
    24 August 1994 AWMM
    SydneyNew South Wales AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Evening Post, 8 September 1994 AWMM
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  • I worked with Cecil Holmes at the Commonwealth Film Unit in the mid to late 1960's. We juniors were in awe of him as he had made so many films before we were born. One of his major credits at the CFU was directing and producing a film about the people of the Torres Strait (north of Cape York Australia and only 30 miles from the coast of Papua New Guinea). As a well known former communist & left winger it must have been difficult for him to work with the conservative administration of the State of QLD which did run some very repressive policies for that region at that time. My colleague Stephen Wallace was the lucky production assistant assigned to the location shooting. The film is preserved in the archives of the CFU which later became FILM AUSTRALIA and eventually SCREEN AUSTRALIA when the film studios in Lindfield NSW were finally torn down. THE ISLANDERS Dir: Cecil Holmes Prod: Dick
    Public - ANTHONY - Comrade - 17 July 2020



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17 July 2020ANTHONYMOSMANComrade
18 January 2019AmandaTorquay, Victoria, Australia Child

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