Ernest Percy Holloway

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WWI Roll of Honour

By Lynette Wray

Ernest Percy Holloway


Military History:        


Royal Flying Corps                                
(previously Royal Fusiliers)


Service Number:        
498 (previously 498)

Date of Enlisting:      

Date of death: 
Not known

Cemetery/ Memorial:        
Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:   
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Percy enlisted on 1st September 1914 with the Royal Fusiliers, Regimental number 498.  He was sent to the Western Front, France on 12th November 1915 and served with the 19th Battalion where he was promoted to Corporal.  He was recommended for a commission on 25th September 1916 and returned to England where he took the aviation training examinations.  He earned his wings, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, the aviation branch of the army, keeping his Regimental Number 498, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

Percy wrote many letters home and to Mr Chote (the schoolmaster at Merchant Taylors School) and told that in 1916 he had met another Ashwell man, Billy Picking, while on his way to the trenches. Percy caused quite a stir in Ashwell in 1917 when he flew in for a quick visit and landed his plane near the village, gathering a crowd of spectators.

Percy survived the war but it is not known when he died.

He was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:      28.6.1895  

Birth Place:         Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:          Not known

Marriage:            3rd quarter 1932


Percy was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 28th June 1895, 5th son of Henry and Susan (nee Pratt) Holloway.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.  The 1911 census shows him as a local delivery postman.

It is not known if Percy married or had children.

It is not known when he died.





Ernest Percy Holloway

Birth Place:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire


Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Death Date:

Not known

Enlistment Place:

Not known




Royal Flying Corps (previously Royal Fusiliers)


(19th Battalion)

Regimental Number:      

498 (previously 498)

Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

This page was added on 12/07/2017.