Lance Corporal 5544 Frederick Louis Hollister
10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars
His initials on the war memorial are the wrong way round,
being shown as L.F. and his rank should have read Lance Corporal not Corporal.
Lance Corporal Hollister was born in Hungerford and the son of William Charles and Mary Anne Hollister of 2 Prospect Place, St John's Road, Newbury. He enlisted at Guilford in Surrey.
Carol Harrison kindly contacted the Virtual Museum (Oct 2012) saying "..[he was] a regular solder pre- war, as we have discovered he was in Lucknow, India at the time of the 1911 census, with the Royal Hussars. Obviously service to his country must run in the genes somewhere, as we also know my (maternal) grandad [also Louis Frederick Hollister] was in the BEF in WW2, rescued off the beaches of Dunkirk, and then was involved in the D-Day landings somewhere along the line, with the Royal Artillery, and was also involved in the awful job of helping clear the Concentration camps, I think Mum mentioned he helped with the Belsen Camp, having to do some truly horrendous things."
- The cap badge of the 10th Hussars
He was killed in action on Sunday the 1st November 1914, age 30. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the missing, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. [We believed he was a pre war regular soldier]
The War Diary reads:
The 10th Hussars sailed from Southampton 7th October 1914 and went into action for the first time, in the Ypres area, on the 13th October.
The Regiment were in support of the 7th Division, remaining in the woods, west of Hooge until 3.00 pm when they advanced, dismounted to trenches, retiring at dusk.
2 Other ranks killed, Captain Gibbs and six others ranks wounded. [One of the 2 other ranks killed was Lance Corporal Hollister]