On this day in 1918, Edwin Henry Hollister (1898-1918) died of wounds sustained in action in France in the Great War. He was 20.
Edwin was a private in the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment.
He was buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery in Poperinge, near Ypres in Belgium.
An inscription on his grave includes the words: ‘As long as life and memory last, we will remember thee.’
He served in the 1/6th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment before joining the 8th Battalion.
The regiment raised 25 battalions in the Great War and lost more than 8,000 men between 1914 and 1918.
Edwin, born in 1898 in Winford, Somerset, was the son of miner James Edwin Henry Hollister (1865-1952) and tailoress Rosa Lucy Roberts (1867-1959). Rosa was the daughter of Henry Roberts (1822-1892) and Ellen Stacey (1840-1934). Henry was the son of William Roberts (1779-1848) and Sarah Treble (1784-1861). William was the son of William Roberts (1738-), my great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, photographed on June 23, 1910 by Wernervc (CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons). https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haringhe_(Bandaghem)_Military_Cemetery.JPG