Alfred Hollingsworth

Nov 14, 1891

Born in Oldham, Lancashire, England to John and Sarah Ann (nee Lee) Hollingsworth


Jan 31, 1916

Attested into the 164th Battalion CEF in Burlington, Ontario 

Ø      Number 663291

Ø      Next of kin given as John Hollingsworth, father, 17 Canal St., Oldham, Lancashire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Salvation Army 

He trained with the Burlington Detachment until the following June


May 26, 1916

Reported to have been AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 1 day


Jun 5, 1916

The entire battalion was gathered in Orangeville in tents in the Fair Grounds there to conduct battalion level training


Jul 6, 1916

The battalion moved to Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario to continue training


Oct 16, 1916

The battalion began the march to Hamilton, Ontario to conduct winter training


Nov 2, 1916

The battalion arrived in Hamilton and moved into the Westinghouse Barracks for the winter


Apr 5, 1917

The battalion boarded a train in Hamilton destined for Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1917

Upon arrival in Halifax, the battalion embarked the SS Carpathia


Apr 22, 1917

The battalion disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp, West of Hythe in Kent and placed in Quarantine to ensure the health of the battalion members


Apr 23, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion in East Sandling while in quarantine and joined the reserve battalion 10 days later in East Sandling, near Hythe


May 27, 1917

Posted back to the 164th Battalion in Witley to be part of the newly formed 5th Canadian Division


Jan 28, 1918

Granted permission to marry and his next of kin is changed to read Mrs. Edith Hollingsworth, wife, 34 Penn St., Oldham, Lancashire, England


Mar 9, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion for duty


Mar 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 164th Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

When the decision was made to disband the 5th Division, Private Hollingsworth was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 1,498 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Apr 8, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Wailly, France as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements from the reinforcement camp and was assigned to “A” Company


Aug 6, 1918

Private Hollingsworth was killed while moving forward to the front lines when an enemy artillery shell exploded in an ammunition dump that his company was passing.  He was instantly killed with several other members of his company and buried in the Longueau British Cemetery, south east of Amiens, France




Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. E Hollingsworth, c/o Mr. C. Summer, PO Box 75, Feilding, New Zealand



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Alfred Hollingsworth being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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