50381 Private Reginald Hargreaves Hollis, 2nd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (P.W.V.).

Born Hapton, Lancashire, enlisted Preston, Lancashire, whilst living at Hapton, Lancashire.

Killed in action, France/Flanders, 22 March 1918.

Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

The Cemetery Register records that he was aged 19 at the time of his death, the son of John Hargreaves Hollis and Kate Catherine Hollis of 85, Manchester Road, Hapton, Burnley, Lancashire.

Reported in the Burnley Express: -

DIED AFTER CAPTURE.

Hapton Ambulance Worker's Fate.

Since March 21st many efforts have been made to ascertain, further information of Private Reginald H Hollis, 50381, South Lancashire Regiment, who was on that day reported by a despatch rider to have been wounded on the battlefield. On Tuesday morning his mother, Mrs Hollis, 12, Pendle-view, Hapton, received the following from the Agence Internationalle des Prisonniers de Guerre - "Geneve, August 10th - Dear Mrs Hollis, We are much grieved to inform you that the following report appears on lists dispatched from Berlin on 5 July 1918; Private R. H. Hollis, 50381, S.L. R., disc sent in. Killed and buried between Vauix and Vrancourt".
Private Hollis, enlisted on February 24th, 1917, and was attached to the Welch Regiment at Rhyl for five months, then was drafted out and joined the South Lancashire Regiment. After being in several engagements, he was reported as "missing", on the 21st March. The flag was being hoisted at the school church in respect for 2nd Lieutenant Rushworth, when the news arrived of the loss of Private Hollis, who was a most popular and energetic Sunday School teacher and member of the choir. He was also a member of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade.
There are three brothers at present in the Army, James Arthur Hollis, who is with the Royal Engineers in France, Private Tom Hollis, R.A.M.C., in Bombay and Private Peter Hollis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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