Hollywood, David Francis Apperson

Hollywood, David Francis Apperson (Frank)

Sub-Lieutenant (A)

HMS Goldcrest, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Died in service on Wednesday 15 September 1943 (aged 20)


Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down (Section 7. Q. Grave 25)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Bangor Golf Club

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Campbell College Belfast

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery


David Francis Apperson (Frank) Hollywood was born on 21 March 1923 and he was the younger son of David and Eileen Hollywood (nee Apperson) who, at the time of Frank’s death, were living at 16 Maxwell Road, Bangor.

David Hollywood was a senior partner in his father’s firm – Messrs James Hollywood and Sons, House Agents, Albertbridge Road, Belfast and he and Eileen Apperson were married on 4 June 1919 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Philip and St. James).  Eileen Apperson was a daughter of Frank Apperson, a commission agent.

Three of David Francis Apperson Hollywood’s uncles (his father’s brothers) served in the Great War – Arthur, Gerald, and James – and two of them were killed in action:  Lieutenant Arthur Carson Hollywood and Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Hollywood.  Lieutenant Gerald Hollywood survived the war and moved to Australia.

David Francis Apperson Hollywood’s paternal grandfather, James Hollywood, had a brother named William Johnston Hollywood who was a fireman in Belfast Fire Brigade and he and Jane Henderson were married on 20 April 1896 in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  William Johnston Hollywood (aged 29) from 48 Chichester Street, Belfast was a son of David Hollywood, a secretary.

William Johnston Hollywood and Jane Hollywood (nee Henderson) had at least four children:

Jane (born 26 April 1897 in the Fire Brigade Station, Chichester Street, Belfast)

Eva (born 20 June 1899 in the Fire Brigade Station, Chichester Street, Belfast)

Hilda (born 31 December 1900 in the Fire Brigade Station, Chichester Street, Belfast)

David (born 16 September 1902 in the Fire Brigade Station, Chichester Street, Belfast)

Jane Hollywood (nee Henderson) died of cancer on 11 February 1906 (aged 30)

William Johnston Hollywood and Jane’s sister Sarah were married on 2 October 1907 in Ballysillan Presbyterian Church, Belfast and they had at least one child:

James (born 21 February 1909 in the Fire Brigade Station, Chichester Street, Belfast)

Eva Hollywood and Frederick William Ferguson were married on 5 January 1921 in Knock Methodist Church, Belfast and their son, Clifford Samuel Ferguson (Frank Hollywood’s second cousin) died in service on 21 May 1941.  Leading Aircraftman Clifford Samuel Ferguson (No. 1109099) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was buried in Holywood Cemetery (Grave 1217).

Arthur and James Hollywood who were killed in the First World War were Eva Ferguson’s first cousins.

Frank Hollywood attended Campbell College in Belfast from 1936 until 1940.  He was a member of the school shooting team and played hockey for the school.  He was a Lance Corporal in the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC).  He was called up in the Fleet Air Arm in November 1941 and, after training in Canada, was granted his commission.  HMS Goldcrest was a shore establishment of the Royal Navy formed on 1 May 1943 at Angle, Pembrokeshire.

During the Second World War Frank Hollywood’s elder brother, Arthur James Hollywood, who was born on 3 May 1920, served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm and he and Mabel Catherine Liken of 440 Ormeau Road, Belfast were married on 2 November 1943 in Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church.

Sub-Lieutenant David Francis Apperson Hollywood’s funeral took place at 2.30 pm on Sunday 19 September 1943 and military honours attended.  Three volleys of shots were fired over his grave.  One of the mourners was his uncle, Major G. J. Apperson MC.

His parents placed a Roll of Honour notice in the 16 September 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator and it contained the verse:

To have, to love, to lose,

And when God wills – to find

Sub-Lieutenant David Francis Apperson Hollywood was 20 when he died and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Bangor Golf Club; in First Bangor Presbyterian Church; in Campbell College and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery.  A short tribute was published in the December 1943 edition of The Campbellian:

‘We regret to announce the death on active service of Frank Hollywood.  When he was here his cheery disposition made him many friends. He was a good athlete who, if he had stayed at school, would almost certainly have gained his colours in the three main games of the school. We offer our sincere sympathy to the members of his family’.

Frank Hollywood’s father David died on 1 June 1953.