Ernest Darrell Hollands

Known to all ranks of the 51st Royal Tank Regiment and all members of the Leeds Branch of the Association as "Gin", he died on 18th September 2000.

He was born in India in 1912, enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment at Karachi on 16th January 1931 and accompanied them back to England. In 1937, he joined the Bath City Police as a PC, however, on the outbreak of war in 1939, he was recalled and joined the 7th Royal Sussex at Brighton.

At Dunkirk in 1940, he rescued a German pilot from a crashed aeroplane and was awarded the Distinguised Conduct Medal. Later he was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment, joined the 51st and was posted to 'A' Squadron. Shortly after arrival in Africa A Squadron attacked an enemy force at a place which came to be known as 'Steamroller Farm'. As a result of this action he was awarded an immediate Distinguished Service Order.

He was seriously wounded on 22nd May 1944 in April while supporting a Canadian infantry battalion, eventually losing a leg.

He however rejoined the Bath Police after his demobilisation and retired as Inspector in the Traffic Department in 1977.

Tales of valour

Distinguished Service Order

See Biography - Maj. E.D. Hollands

Distinguished Conduct Medal

We do not have a copy of the actual citation - see the Biography for Maj. E.D. Hollands

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR, 1ST ARMY BAR

DEFENCE MEDAL

ITALY STAR

WAR MEDAL

POLICE LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL (QUEEN ELIZABETH II)