Awld Man Holmes' Arthritis

Awld Man Holmes' Arthritis by Gaynor Lei

This appears to be a Hanon-type exercise for strengthening the fourth and fifth fingers.  The only elderly gentleman of the name of Holmes I could find in Seaton Snook records was a Charles Holmes, born in 1852, who died in an accident whilst fishing in 1919.  

Northern Daily Mail, 26 August 1919