Hollman, Henry Frederick


War Service:
Private G/5129 HENRY FREDERICK HOLLMAN of 1st battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) was killed in action on 22 July 1916, aged 21.

At 10pm on 22 July the 1/Royal West Kent launched an attack to seize a key trench some four hundred yards from the British lines as a preliminary to the main assault by the whole Division which would go in at 1am next day. At first the advance was made almost without loss but as soon as they topped the skyline they came under heavy enfilade fire from German positions in High Wood. Only a small number succeeded in reaching their objective and were forced to fall back after holding it for a few hours. The battalion’s casualties amounted to almost four hundred.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the Sydenham South Suburban Gas Works war memorial and on the St Michael and All Angels Church War Memorial.

He was the son of the late James and Sarah Hollman.

Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1914 –1919 by C T Atkinson

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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