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Memorable Manitobans: John Stanley Hollies (1889-1916)


Born at Fort Macleod, North West Territories [now Alberta] on 5 September 1889, son of John Hollies (1840-1912) and Lizzie C. (1860-?), brother of Manitoba teachers William St. George Hollies (1896-?) and Mary Kathleen Hollies (1891-?), he came to Manitoba where he was Principal of Griswold School (1909-1910) and Alexander School (1912-1914), and an instructor at the Brandon Collegiate Institute (1914-1915). In late December 1915, he was given a send-off by Brandon students and colleagues in advance of enlistment for military duty in January 1916. On 15 October 1914, he married Fanny Alexandria Hitchcock (1887-1978) at Brandon and had one son: John Herbert Hollies (1915-1992). He served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in France, saw combat, and died of his wounds on 19 September 1916. He was buried in the Contay British Cemetery at The Somme.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexander War Memorial (Alexander, RM of Whitehead)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon College and Clark Hall Buildings (270 Eighteenth Street, Brandon)


1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration [John Hollies], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Indian Agent Hollies dies at Griswold,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 May 1912, page 19.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Collegiate students appreciate teacher,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 December 1915, page 26.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“S.-L. J. H. Hollies to be called to Manitoba Bar,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1945, page 3.

John Stanley Hollies, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Obituary [Fanny Alexandra Hollies], Brandon Sun, 4 February 1978, page 16.

Obituary [John Hollies], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1992, page 32.

Brandon estate file #23804, Fanny Alexandria Hollies, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2019

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