William Hollis

A Dilemma

Was this Frederick William Hollis
William Henry Hollis?

There are no entries in Parish Records in respect of William Hollis. I discovered an entry in the 1901 Census which showed Frederick William Hollis, aged 7, born 22/3/1894 living in Harbidges Lane, Long Buckby with his parents Frederick William and Ellen Hollis.

The 1911 Census however shows a Hollis family living in Watford. Head of the Household is named as Frederick William Hollis, born Long Buckby, aged 43 employed as a shepherd. Also living in the home were his wife Elizabeth (not Ellen) aged 39, born in Holdenby and their children Frederick aged 17, farm labourer; George aged 14, a factory shoe-hand; and Nellie aged 10. All three had been born in Long Buckby. There were two other children, Frank aged 8 and Annie aged 5 both born in Watford .

There was an entry in military records in respect of William Hollis. This may be the person whose name appears on the Roll of Honour as having survived the war. The records show the Attestation dated 11/9/1914 of a Frederick William Hollis, born Long Buckby 1894, aged 20. He described himself as living in Watford and apprenticed to Mr Bodily (?). On 10/9/1914 he had been passed fit to join the Royal Warwickshire Regiment but he was posted to the Devonshire Regiment on a short service engagement with an army number of 11839. It was indeed a short term engagement in that he was discharged as a Private on 30/10/1914 after only 51 days “Under Para 392 (III) CRR” (for explanation see below).

However this may not be the William Hollis named on the Roll of Honour.
The Naval and Military Press provides information on “Soldiers Died in the Great War.” This shows a William Henry Hollis, born in Althestone, enlisted in Walsall but who resided in West Haddon and served with the Regiment of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel, but the Battalion of Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen’s Own Royal regiment). His service number was 300245 and his rank Corporal. He died in the Egypt Theatre of War on 21/10/1918.

The last entry has a definite link to West Haddon whereas the first does not. However the Roll of Honour shows the person concerned as having survived the war.

Perhaps a reader may be able to shed some light on this. If so, please contact a member of the research team.

(Jim Blakey 6th December, 2015)


*Clauses to Para 392

Cause of Discharge

(iii) Not being likely to become an efficient soldier
(a) Recruit rejected both by medical officer and approving officer
(b) Recruit passed by medical officer, but rejected by a recruiting officer stationed away from the headquarters of the recruiting area, or by approving officer
(c ) Recruit within three months of enlistment considered unfit for service
(cc) Recruits with more than three months service considered unfit for further military service
(d) Recruit who after having undergone a course of physical training is recommended by an examining board to be discharged, or in the case of a mounted corps is unable to ride
(e) Soldier of local battalion abroad considered unlikely to become efficient
(f) Boy, who, on reaching 18 years of age, is considered to be physically unfit for the ranks