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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

William Hollas

William HollasBolton Journal and Guardian 28 January 1916

Cotton Manufacturer’s Son Killed

Mr. William Hollas, Seafield Road, Lytham, is informed by the Admiralty that his youngest son, William, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on December 27th. Deceased, who was 19 years of, belonged to the Public Schools Company of the Hawke Battalion, 1st Royal Naval Brigade. He was educated at Farnworth Grammar School and the King Edward School, Lytham, and was, up to enlisting last February, in the firm of Hollas, Ltd. cotton manufacturers, Bolton. He had been at the Dardanelles since May. The young hero was of a particularly bright and cheery disposition, and won the high regard of all with whom he came into contact, both in civil and naval life. The flag was flown at half-mast at the Mather-st Mills.

William was the son of William Hollas b.1856, cotton cloth manufacturer, and Alice Hollas née Nuttall b.1860.

In 1901 William was living at 44 Church Road, Kearsley with his parents and siblings: Florence b.1882, Arthur b.1885, Joseph b.1867, Alice b.1889, Hannah Louisa b.1895 and Jane b.18989.

Florence married Abraham Lomax in 1905.

By the 1911 Census the rest of the family were living at 9 Seafield Road, Lytham, Lancashire. They employed one live-in domestic servant.

William attended Farnworth Grammar School and was on the War Memorial there until the school was demolished after closing in 1982.


Name Hollas, Wiliam
Rank Able Seaman
Number London Z/1408
Unit Hawke Bn
Royal Naval Division
Born Bolton, Lancashire
29 December 1896
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
27 December 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Hawke Bn Royal Naval Division