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- Biography -
- Charles Octavius Hollis -

Unknown person
Name : Charles Octavius Hollis.

Son of the late John Webb Hollis (died 1886) and Emma Hollis (née Newnham), of 102, High St., Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Born 1880 Ventnor.

  Census Information :

1881 : John Webb and Emma Hollis, with their children including Charles aged 9 months, are at 12, Steephill Down Terrace, Ventnor. John Hollis is a Chemist.

1891 : Emma Hollis, widow, with her children including Charlie aged 11, are at 8, Victoria Buildings, North Street, Ventnor. Emma Hollis is a Laundress.

1901 : Emma Hollis, widow, with her children including Charles aged 20, are at 2 Bank Terrace, Ventnor. Emma Hollis is a Housekeeper, Charles Hollis is a Grocer's Assistant.

1911 : Charles Hollis, aged "28", is with his widowed mother Emma, at 57 St Catherine's St, Ventnor. Charles Hollis is a Skating Rink Attendant for Ventnor District Council.

  Service details :

Rifleman 6354 Charles Octavius Hollis, 6th Bn. London Regiment (City of London Rifles).

  Casualty Details :

Died : 22 October 1916 aged 35

Buried at : Spoilbank Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor, War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, January 5, 1917 Page 1

We regret to announce that Pte. Charles Hollis, son of Mrs. Hollis, Ventnor, was killed in action on October 22nd. His family had not heard tidings of him for several weeks, until Saturday last, when the official intimation of his death was received. Pte. Hollis was in the 6th London Regiment (late Queen's West Surreys). For some time after war broke out he was employed at White's Shipbuilding Yard. He joined the army last March. Pte. Hollis will be remembered as having worked for the Ventnor Council in connection with entertainments on the Cliffs and Pier. He was a quiet and unassuming man and many local friends will regret his death, which comes as a great blow to his aged mother.


Friday, January 5, 1917 Page 4

Ventnor Man Killed in Action.
News was received on Sunday that Private Charles Hollis, of the 6th London Regiment, was killed in action on October 22nd. He was expected home for Christmas, although no news had been received of him for some time. Hollis, who was 35 years of age, was a native of Ventnor, and formerly worked for the local Council. He was a member of the P.S.A. Brotherhood, and a vote of condolence was passed with the family at last Sunday's meeting. - Mrs. Hollis and family desire to take these means of thanking friends for the sympathy shown to them in their sorrow. "One who knew him" writes as follows: In losing Charlie we have lost "one of the best," - a good son, a good friend, a good workman, steady, honest and trustworthy, always ready to give a helping hand: liked by all who knew him, and esteemed by his employers. He has given his life for King and England, and "how can man die better." We mourn his loss and give our warmest sympathy to his bereaved mother in her overwhelming sorrow.


Friday, January 12, 1917

Ventnor District Council.

The Chairman said he had a painful duty to perform before he asked the Clerk to read the minutes, and that was to ask the council to pass a vote of condolence with Mrs. Hollis and family. Since the last meeting he was sorry to say that Pte. C. Hollis had been killed in doing his duty to his country. They would remember that Mr. Hollis had been employed by the council on many occasions, mostly on the Pier, and he was always a very obliging and industrious young man. He would be a great loss to his mother.
He moved that the Clerk write to Mrs. Hollis and Mr. Hunt saying how sorry the council were that such sad events had happened.
The votes were carried by the members standing in silence.
(not all the report has been transcribed)


Friday, January 19, 1917 Page 3

Ventnor District Council.

The following letters, addressed to the clerk, were read: -
102, High Street, Ventnor.
Jan. 12, 1917
Dear Sir, - Will you please express to your Council my sincere thanks for kind sympathy in the loss of my dear son. It is indeed some consolation to feel that he gave his life for his country, and to know that he was doing his duty. - Yours faithfully, EMMA HOLLIS

(not all the report has been transcribed)
  Additional Information :

P.S.A. : see Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Movement

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research

  Page status :
Page last updated : 28 May 2013 (added further newspaper pieces)


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