Hollywood, James

Hollywood, James

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

No. 17888, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Second Lieutenant

12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 23)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church

Bangor Grammar School

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Friend’s School Lisburn

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque

Brother of Lieutenant Arthur Carson Hollywood


James Hollywood was born on 16 April 1893 at 139 Albertbridge Road, Belfast and he was a son of James and Elizabeth (Eliza, sometimes Lizzie) Hollywood (nee Carson) who were married on 17 April 1889 in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Church Ballymacarrett, Belfast.  James Hollywood from 137 Albertbridge Road, Belfast was a son of David Hollywood, a manager.  Eliza Carson from 63 Castlereagh Street, Belfast (born in Co Tyrone) was a daughter of Arthur Carson, a land-steward.

The Hollywood family moved from Belfast to Red Gorton, Helen’s Bay and later to Bayswater, Princetown Road, Bangor.

James Hollywood was a property broker and insurance agent and he and Elizabeth had four children:

David (born 5 October 1890 at 139 Albertbridge Road, Belfast; died 1 June 1953)

Arthur Carson (born 29 December 1891 at 139 Albertbridge Road, Belfast)

James (born 16 April 1893 at 139 Albertbridge Road, Belfast)

Gerald (born 30 March 1896 at 8 Castlereagh Avenue, Belfast; served with the 18th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles)

Their father, James Hollywood, died on 20 June 1919 and their mother, Elizabeth Hollywood, died on 18 May 1942.

James Hollywood was educated at Bangor Grammar School, Friend’s School Lisburn and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI).  He spent a year in the Young Citizen Volunteers and six months in the Ulster Volunteer Force. He worked as an apprentice with Ross Brothers Linen Merchants in Linenhall Street, Belfast before he joined the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  on 14 September 1914.  It was noted that he was 5 feet 8¼ inches tall.  He was appointed Company Quartermaster Sergeant on 14 October 1914 and was gazetted Second Lieutenant with the 18th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on 5 May 1915.  He was posted to France on 28 February 1916 with the 12th Battalion in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Second Lieutenant James Hollywood was killed in action on 1 July 1916 during the attack at Thiepval Wood. His body was found later in the year by men of the 2nd Hants Regiment but was subsequently lost.

Brothers James and Arthur Hollywood died on the same day and the telegram announcing James’s death arrived with his parents one day before that announcing the death of his brother Arthur.

Second Lieutenant James Hollywood is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 16); on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor and on the Memorials in the RBL Bangor Branch, First Bangor Presbyterian Church, Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church, Bangor Grammar School, RBAI and Friend’s School Lisburn.

James Hollywood’s nephew, David Francis Apperson Hollywood, (younger son of David Hollywood) was 20 when he died in service during the Second World War, on 15 September 1943.