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Charles Hollinshead


Charles Hollinshead was born March 24, 1891. He was the eldest of seven children born to John and Mary Ann Hollinshead, when they were living at 37 Wellington Road, in Swinton, Manchester. John was a Joiner and Carpenter.

Early Life

Charles attended Salford Secondary School for Boys, which was founded in 1904 and later renamed Salford Grammar School in 1932. On its foundation, it took over the borough’s existing arrangements for male Pupil Teacher training, and for many years there was a distinct stream of boys within the School heading for careers as teachers. Some would go straight into assistant posts in local elementary schools, while others, like Charles, went to specialist training colleges.

Chester College

After attending school, Charles continued his studies at the Royal Technical Institute in Salford. His 1910 record card survived, along with his brother’s card for 1912-15. His parents and all seven children were now living on Moorfield Road, in Swinton, and in the 1911 Census, Charles was listed as an Elementary School Teacher with the County Council. Charles subsequently spent a year at Chester College. Before enlisting, Charles was a Teacher at St. Peter’s Day School. He also taught at All Saints and St. Peter’s Sunday Schools, and was a member of the choir at All Saints’ Church. He was very well known and respected in the Swinton and Moorside districts,

Military Service

Charles served as a Private with the Royal Marines Medical Unit. He enlisted on November 12, 1915. In February 1916, Charles was drafted out to Lemnos in the Mediterranean. Five months later he was moved to France, where he remained, with the exception of a home leave in August last, until his death. Charles was seriously injured by shrapnel on December 26, 1916. He had his leg amputated, but sadly died on January 26, 1918. He was 26 years old. Charles’ parents were sent for, but his father was too ill to travel. His mother made the journey to France and was present when he died.

Lest We Forget

Charles is buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, in France. Charles’ name appears on a number of war memorials, including the Old Salfordians’ memorial plaque for former pupils of his school, which now hangs in the Peel Building of the University of Salford. He is also remembered on the family grave in Swinton cemetery.