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  • Name: James HOLLOWELL
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1826
  • D.O.A: 26th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 4th Apr, 1876
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 2nd Battalion 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Far East Flying Boat Wing, RAF Seletar, Singapore 26 March 1950

26 March 1950

Seletar is on the north-east coast of Singapore Island. The RAF operated there between 1928 and 1971. On 26 March 1950 a flying boat blew up at the base.


 A party, on the 26th of September, 1857, was shut up and besieged in a house in the city of Lucknow, by the rebel sepoys. Private James Hollowell, one of the party, behaved, throughout the day, in the most admirable manner; he directed, encouraged, and led the others, exposing himself fearlessly, and by his talent in persuading and cheering, prevailed on nine dispirited men to make a successful defence, in a burning house, with the enemy, firing through four windows. (Extract from Divisional Orders of Major-General Sir James Outram, G.C.B., dated 14th October, 1857.) 

The London Gazette of 18 June 1858, Numb. 22154, p. 2958

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