Tuesday, 21 April 2015
24. Discovering the grave and memorials of my WW1 Ancestors
This is the grave of Walter Samuel Hollingsworth, my great, great uncle. He was a Lance Serjeant 43144 (formerly 998) in the 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
He was killed in action in France & Flanders on 12 October 1916. He is buried in the Grevilliers British Cemetery, near Arras, France. He was one of 3 brothers who died in the Great War
Me with the memorial to Charles James Hollingsworth, Private 26822 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.He was killed in action in France & Flanders on 19 April 1918. (The CWGC Register says between 9th and 19th April). He has no known grave, but is commemorated with honour on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium ( near Ypres). Pte Hollingsworth was born in Claydon and enlisted in Bury St Edmunds.
His name is also on the headstone of his wife in Bredfield cemetry.
The third brother was Frederick John Hollingsworth Private 43879 (formerly 4578) 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. He was killed in action in France & Flanders on 19 April 1918, the same time as his brother Charles. He is buried in the Suffolk Cemetery, La Rolanderie Farm, Erquinghem-lys France (near border with Belgium). Pte Hollingsworth was born in Claydon and enlisted in Woodbridge.
We have no photos of these brothers but we do have a set of wooden bricks which they owned and which have been played with by all of the family since!
On my fathers side of the family we found the name of Arthur W Whiting, 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment , who died 15th July 1916 at The Somme, no body found, but commemorated at Thiepval (near Arras)
We also found the name of a distant relative James Jolly Norfolk Regiment Lance corporal (3rd cousin 2 x removed) on the Menin Gate at Ypres