Frank Hollings served as a private in the 1st and 4th battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. His service number was 2549. He died of wounds on the 20th of December 1915 in the French area of Flanders Fields, which is also known as Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Flanders Fields was also home to a large number of poppy fields. After the Great War, poppies became the symbol for remembrance.
Frank was born on 19 January 1895 in Sandal, Yorkshire. He was baptised on 6 March 1895 at Sandal Magna in St Helen church. When Frank was born, his mother, Emily Hollings, was 23 years old and his father, Isaac Hollings, was 26. Frank had three siblings. His brothers Walker Isaac were four and two years older, respectively. Frank’s third brother, Wilford, was three years his junior. By 1911, the family was living at 103, Haddingley Hill, Sandal, Wakefield, York. Frank was 16 at the time and working as a cutler, which is a person who makes or sells cutlery. Four short years later, Frank would be fighting, along with millions of others, in Flanders Fields.