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John Hollows enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 30 November 1904. He signed up on a short service engagement being three years with Colours, and nine in the Reserve.  He was an 18 year old general labour and had previous experience in the 3rd Battalion, the Militia.

On 18 October 1905 he was posted to South Africa, where he was to spend the next two years. Whilst here he passed a class in Mounted Infantry at Harrismith.

On 19 October 1907 he was posted to Mauritius.

On 17 November 1909 he was posted to the East Indies where he remained until 28 November 1912.

Having returned to England, John remained in the UK until 1st Battalion were sent to France on 12 August 1914. He was present at Mons, and later nearly taken prisoner by the Germans, had it not been for his daring escape (Newspaper refers).

He returned home on 17 December 1914 and then landed in East Africa with the 2nd Battalion on 17 July 1915.

At some point during this period he sustained a gunshot wound to his left buttock (no further details).

He arrived back in the UK in April, then landed in Egypt in September 1917, passing a course in field cookery in Alexandria in the November. From Egypt he sailed to France in May 1918, then finally returning to England in March 1919. He was then discharged to class Z reserve having served a total of 15 yrs 122 days.

During his time in the Army he had a number of misdemeanors against his name, more often being absent from duty or for drunken behavior. He had been promoted twice to Lance Corporal, but in both cases had reverted back to Private within 12 months, after  periods of unauthorized absence.

John was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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  1. […] capture by Germans was made by five men of the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Private John Hollows, who in January was at Longridge recovering from wounds, stated that he and four others who were […]

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