Lance Corporal 27945 Ernest Hollinshead

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Killed in Action on Monday, 9th October 1916, age 25.
Buried in Grave IV. Q. 6. at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France.

3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 25th Division.

Husband of Mrs Mary A Hollinshead, son of Leonard & Selina Hollinshead.
Born: Dudley, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and Dudley Clock Tower memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/589009/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Ernest Hollinshead registered June quarter 1891 in Dudley, so 25 at the time of death.

1901 Census
2 New Bond Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Leonard Hollinshead (51, Brass Caster, born Ironbridge), his wife Selina (59, born Broseley), and their 4 children: Leonard (18, Carter, born Dudley), Edward (16, Apprentice, born Dudley), George (14, Brass Dresser, born Dudley), and Ernest (10, born Dudley).

1911 Census
5 New Bond Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Leonard Hollinshead (61, Iron Moulder, born Ironbridge), his wife Selina (59, born Broseley), and 1 of their 7 surviving children of 10: Ernest (20, Tailor's Presser, born Dudley).

Marriage of Ernest Hollinshead and Mary A. Jones registered March quarter 1914 in Dudley. He was living in Constitution Hill and Mary nearby in Brooke Street. Ernest was shown as 23 and Mary 25. They had 2 daughters, Florrie and Daisy.

The documentation for the Dudley Clock Tower Memorial has hiis widow's address as 28 New Bond Street, Dudley.

Personal Data

Ernest Hollinshead appears on the Tipton Memorial, but it is difficult to see a Tipton connection. He was born in Dudley and at the time of his marriage in 1914 was still a Dudley resident. It is possible that he moved to Tipton after that time, or that his parents had moved to Tipton, or just that a relative had put his name forward for the Tipton Memorial.

Ernest's surname is spelt Hollingshead by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and 'Soldiers Died in the Great War', but Tipton and Dudley Memorials, his birth registration, and the Census records all say Hollinshead.

After Ernest's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/11/6d (2 pounds, 11 shillings and 6 pence); this was paid to his widow and sole legatee, Mary A., in February 1917. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his widow in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Ernest had enlisted within the 12 months prior to his death.

Action resulting in his death

Ernest enlisted in April 1916, just 6 months before his death, and would have been in France for a very short time. During the Battle of the Somme, the 3rd Worcesters had been in action twice at the Leipzig Redoubt. On 2nd October, they came back into the line near the newly-captured Thiepval with Stuff Redoubt on their left. Here they were under almost continuous German artillery fire, rising to a crescendo on 7th October when a major attack was made to the east of the Worcesters and again on the 9th when the Cheshires took 'Stuff Redoubt' on their left.

During this period in the trenches, the 3rd Worcesters had 33 Other Ranks killed. On 9th October, Ernest Hollinshead was killed by a shell which exploded near to him, 13 other men of the 3rd Worcesters were killed on the same day. Ernest has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 28th October 1916
The sad news has reached his widow of the death in action of Lance-Corporal Ernest Hollinshead, and the very large circle of friends in which he moved will be extremely sad to hear of it. He was killed by a shell which exploded near to him, death being instantaneous. It was only in April last that he enlisted; he then joined the 3rd Worcesters. Before that he was in the employ of Messrs Grainger and Smith Ltd., who regarded him as a faithful and valued servant, and whose loss is deeply lamented, not only by the directorate and management, but by everyone associated with him in business. His genial and kindly nature endeared him to all who knew him. He was for many years a regular communicant at St. Thomas's Church, Dudley, and a member of Tetnal Street Sunday School up to the time he joined the Army. As other gallant Dudley boys have done, Lance Corporal Hollinshead died at his post in the trenches like a good soldier. He leaves a wife and one child.

Tipton Herald 28th October 1916
Mrs E Hollinshead wishes to thank all friends for their kind thoughts and sympathy in her great loss and bereavement.

Tipton Herald 6th October 1917
HOLLINSHEAD. In proud and loving memory of my brother-in-law, Ernest Hollinshead who fell in action October 9th 1916 - Floss Jones.

Tipton Herald 13th October 1917
HOLLINSHEAD. In memory of my dear husband, Lance-Corporal E. Hollinshead, who was killed on 9th October 1916, somewhere in France. Always remembered by his wife, and children Florrie & Daisy.
HOLLINSHEAD. In loving memory of Lance-Corporal E. Hollinshead, who was killed in action in France, October 9th 1916. Fondly remembered by Jack and Beatrice, Ciss and Fred, Joe in France, also Uncle Harry and Aunt Mary, Floss and Jack, Mary and Joe.

Tipton Herald 5th October 1918
HOLLINSHEAD. In memory of Lance-Corporal Ernest Hollinshead, killed in France 9th October 1916. Fondly remembered by his wife, and his little daughter Florrie, and niece Daisy.