My Granddad John Albert Hollingsworth was born in Salford in 1895.
He was the son of William and Mary Ann Hollingsworth who at the time
lived at 18 Mount pleasant Street, William was a carter by profession
so when my grandad was old enough he followed this profession delivering
coal and other goods to the local estate. Just before the war broke
out the family moved to 34 Sydney street in Salford, this is where William
and Mary ann lived for the rest of their lives. My granddad joined the
2/8th Battalion Lancashire fusiliers which was a territorial force and
the records of the formation of the 2/8th as follows: 2/7th and 2/8th
Battalion Territorial Force
4th Aug 1914 The 2/7th formed in Salford then moved to Mossborough and
the 2/8th formed at Mossborough and then both moved to Southport as
part of the 197th Brigade of the 66th Division.
May 1915 Moved to Crowborough and then Tunbridge Wells.
Mar 1916 Moved to Hyderabad Barracks at Colchester
28.02.1917 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and the Division engaged
in various action on the Western front including;
The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Menin Road Ridge. On the 21
st march 1918 the Battalion records show the following report below.
By the end of the first day of the attack, 21,000 British soldiers had
been taken prisoner and the Germans had made great advances through
the lines of the Fifth Army. My Granddad was captured on the 23rd March
1918 and the place of capture is recorded as 'Roisel' on the German
record sheet for the British red cross.
After his capture he was sent to Munster2 POW camp in Westfalia
North Rhine, Germany. After the war on returning to England my Granddad
married his childhood sweetheart Georgina Threlkeld( who Brother john
had joined the 1st Lancs Fusiliers and was killed in April 1918 and
lays to rest in Poelcapelle cemetery Belgium)
My grandad finally passed away in 1971 and is buried in Pendlebury cemetery
in Salford along with his dutiful wife Georgina.
|When i was visiting my beautiful and loving
sister over the weekend she gave me some letters from my granddad
Hollingsworth. He was a WW1 POW and served in the Lancs Fusiliers
19th Battalion. These letters home from the Pow camp Munster 2
in Germany are over 100 years old...pic of Granddad John Albert
Hollingsworth and Grandma Georgina Hollingsworth ...on one of
the pics is my granddads small employment book..this shows his
role in the Army was a PHYSICAL INSTRUCTOR...this being a massive
coincidence as i not only Joined the Fusiliers but my role in
the Army was a PHYSICAL TRAINING INSTRUCTOR..We were also called
John.....The pic showing a signed note from King George V was
sent to My Grandma's Family as her brother John William Threlkeld
(my great uncle) was KIA WW1 in France..he served with the 1st
Battalion Lancs Fusiliers...
MAY YOU ALL REST IN PEACE!!
Sent in by John Foy 2RRF
John William Threlkeld (John's great uncle) was KIA WW1
in France..he served with the 1st Battalion Lancs Fusiliers...
THRELKELD, J W Private 281145 1st Bn. UNKNOWN 16-Mar-18
0 XXXII. B. 15. POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY Belgium Langemark-Poelkapelle,