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Person Details

HOLLANDS, Charles Stephen

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Aldershot
Gender: Male
Date of death: 28/09/1915
Place of death: Loos, France
Manner of death: Missing in action - presumed killed
Age at death: 24
CWGC Ref: 732075
TWGPP Ref: 2506528
Address: 74 High Street Maidenhead
Address: The Stores Station Hill Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: L/9041

Relatives

Late Father Sgt Major Charles HOLLANDS
Widowed Mother Alice Catherine HOLLANDS
Brother James Arthur HOLLANDS (DIED 19.7.1916)
Brother Albert HOLLANDS
Sister Marjorie HOLLANDS

Additional information

By the time of his death in 1915 Charles was in the East Kent Regiment (the Buffs) which may have been his regiment throughout his army career. By then he had risen to Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion. He was "Reported missing presumed killed at the battle of Loos" on 28th September. 7 other Cookham men lost their lives in the weekend of that battle. Charles is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, panel 15-19.
Charles' father was a Gardener in Kent in 1891. He joined the Army and had 24 years of service rising to the rank of Sergeant Major before running the Stores in Lower Road, Cookham. He was married to Alice and followed a military career in India for most of his life. His first son Charles' birth was registered at Hartley Wintney in 1890, possibly because the family were stationed in one of the military camps nearby. The family then moved with the regiment to India where James was born in Peshawar on 27th February 1898. Albert, as well as sister Marjorie, was also born there, the latter in 1909 so it seems they did not come back and take up shop keeping till after that time. On the 1911 Census Charles Hollands Snr was listed as a general shopkeeper but he signed up again on 29th September 1914 for 1 year, " or longer if the War was to last for longer than 1 year!" We have no record of Charles Jnr's schooling but we know that he took on occasional general labouring work before enlisting in 1908. The family suffered a double blow when Charles' younger brother James died on the first day of battle on the Western Front in 1916. Fortunately for them, the youngest son Albert, born in 1901, was too young to take part in the War.

Resources

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