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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James Martin Hollingsworth

Died 5th October 1916, aged 28
The Somme, France

James was born in Quorn in 1889. His parents, William and Sarah Isabella Hollingsworth (née Martin), had married in Loughborough in 1888, when William was aged 38 and Sarah (known as Isabella) just 21. William had been married twice before, so James had at least nine older half siblings. James was the eldest of four children born to William and Isabella and he was their only son. The 1891 and 1901 census returns find the Hollingsworths living on Meeting Street, with William employed as a domestic gardener, but by 1911, fortunes had improved for the family and they were living at Holly Cottage (39 Nursery Lane), where William was running his own market garden business, assisted by James.

James joined the Leicestershire Regiment early in 1916 and had only been serving for eight months, when in October 1916, Quorn Parish Magazine reported that he had been seriously wounded. There were many hospitals set up in the Rouen area and this is where James would have been taken. He later died and was buried in the St Sever cemetery which was nearby and used for many of the wounded who did not recover.

The Loughborough Monitor on 19th October 1916 reported:
“Pte Hollingsworth, of the Leicestershire Regiment, has been killed in action. He was 28 years old and a Quorn man, who worked with his father in the market gardening and nurseryman's business. He joined the Colours eight months ago.”

A memorial service was held in Quorn Church on Saturday afternoon 28th October 1916, for James, together with three other young village casualties, Bertie James Shenton, John Peer Flanders and E. Arthur Benskin. In the evening, a muffled peal was rung on the bells.

The modern photograph shows Holly Cottage on Nursery Lane where the Hollingsworth market gardening business was based and the family lived.

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Please email us at: team2020@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2020-01-13
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2308
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