Hollins, Frederick Undecimus

Fred Hollins was the eleventh of the twelve children of William Hollins JP and Mary Hollins (daughter of Sir Charles Seely, 1st Baronet), of Berry Hill, Mansfield, and then The White House, Casterton, Carnforth, Lancashire. The couple’s seventh son, Fred was one of six Hopperite brothers who (with a break of one term) spanned twenty-two years (1909-1930) between them. His eldest brother William Humphrey Hollins (I 1909-1914) was killed in action in 1915 (see individual entry); the others were John Charles Hollins (I 1913-1917), Henry Hollins (I 1918-1922), Frank Hollins (I 1920-1926), and Charles Hollins (I 1923-1928).

He played the violin and sang in Choir and Schuster Cup (winning twice) for five years. He also rowed in 2nd IV and was – like his eldest brother Humphrey – Senior Prefect. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was much involved in musical circles, and took the first part of the Tripos in French and German.   He joined the RAF Reserve, going after two years to work at the Air Training School at Hamble, from which in 1934 he passed to the service of Imperial Airways for four years, mostly in Africa. He returned to Hamble as an instructor in 1938, and married there on July 29th 1939 Daphne Jackson (daughter of Major G.J. Jackson).

His work as instructor in navigation was rewarded in July 1941 by the Air Force Cross and in December by promotion to Squadron Leader.

After several changes of work, he went to 228 Squadron, flying Sunderland maritime patrol aircraft from Oban. He was killed in an accident near the Outer Hebrides on May 4th 1942. This was probably in an incident when Sunderland T9084 stalled and crashed on landing at Bowmore. Hollins was not piloting the aircraft at the time.   He was buried in grave I.27 of Pennyfuir Cemetery, Oban. He was thirty years old when he died.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hollins
  • Forenames or initials: Frederick Undecimus
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1924-1930
  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Regiment: RAF
  • Date of Birth: 11th May 1911
  • Date of Death: 4th May 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Flying Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
  • Decoration: AFC
  • Burial Site: Pennyfuir Cemetery, Oban: Grave I.27