Dr. Kingsley Hulme Holmes was the second born son of Dr. Tecumseh Kingsley Holmes and the former Mary Elizabeth Taylor. He was born on the 23rd of August, 1877. His older brother Dr. Garnet Wolseley Holmes was born in 1874, his younger sister Edith Melville Holmes was born in 1883 and his younger brother Dr. Shirley Morrell Holmes was born in 1887. He was schooled in Chatham and graduated high school from Chatham Collegiate Institute.
Dr. Holmes received his medical training from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated M.B. in June of 1903. After interning he joined his father’s medical practice in 1904. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Registry, Dr. Holmes joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of June, 1904. Dr. Holmes continued to educate himself in medical matters and world issues and traveled extensively to that end. His skill as a surgeon was sought after by many physicians seeking consultation.
In 1907 Dr. Holmes along his brother Dr. Garnet Holmes and Mr. J. A. Tremblay formed the Tilbury Town Gas Company. They laid a pipeline from Chatham to Tilbury to supply natural gas to the Maple City Oil and Gas Company.
He married Alice Greening on the 31st of January, 1912 in Chatham. She was born on the 8th of January, 1884 in Dundas, Ontario the youngest of 3 daughters. Her parents were Charles C. Greening and the former Mary Barton and her older sisters were; Lynn and Blanche. According to the 1901 census the Greening family lived in Chatham. Her father’s occupation was listed as manufacturing.
Dr. and Mrs. Holmes had 3 daughters, Mary, Bonnie and Donna. According to the 1921 Census, the Holmes family resided at 422 King St. in Chatham. Dr. Holmes enjoyed playing tennis and he was elected President of the Chatham Tennis Club in October of 1922. He was also a member of the Chatham Rotary Club.
Soon after his parents and older brother (Dr. Garnet Holmes) died, Dr. Kingsley Holmes became ill while planning a trip to the Mediterranean and Egypt. He died on the 5th of February, 1931. He was interred in the mausoleum at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Mrs. Holmes married Arney F. Henry of New York in July of 1935. She died on the 22nd August, of 1966 and she was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. At the time of her death, she resided at 448 King Street West in Chatham. Her second husband Arney Henry, had predeceased her.
*Dr. Tecumseh Kingsley Holmes, Dr. Garnet Wolseley Holmes and Dr. Shirley Morell Holmes all appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.