Portrait of George Hollis

Name: George Hollis

Burial Number: 0938

Gender: Male

Occupation: Barrister at Law

Distinction: Solicitor

Born: 06/12/1843

Died: 29/01/1919

Buried: 30/01/1919


George was born in Lewisham, Kent, the son of William Mellett Hollis and his wife Elizabeth. He was baptised at St Mary’s church, Lewisham on 3rd July 1844. By 1851, the family were living in Brighton after William’s retirement as a surgeon. George trained as a solicitor, obtaining a BA in 1866 and being called to the Bar on 6th June 1868. George set up his practice in Marylebone. On 27th April 1872, George married Susannah Smith at St Michael’s church, Highgate. The couple lived in a large house in Dartmouth Park Hill, Marylebone. They had ten children. By 1891, George had retired. The family moved to Worthing in 1913, living at “Floriana” in Downview Road. George died on 25th January 1919. Probate was granted on 18th February to George Mercer Hollis solicitor and Rev. Frederick James Hollis clerk. Effects £4680 6s 8d.

Another son remembered on his parents stone is the Rev. Francis Septimus Hollis. He was born in Marylebone on 10th November 1884. Francis was educated at St George’s School, Harpenden and studied theology at Dorchester Missionary College. He was ordained in 1914 and served as a curate of Ashby de la Zouche. He was sent to Kuching in Sarawak in 1916, serving as assistant priest at St Thomas Cathedral. Between 1923 and 1928, Francis was in charge of the Land Dyak Mission.  He was appointed Archdeacon of Sarawak in 1934. Francis was appointed Bishop of Labuan and Sarawak in 1938. He was interned by the Japanese in 1942 at Batu Lintang Camp in Kuching. His health was badly affected, especially his eyesight. After his release in 1945, Francis stayed in Sarawak until 1948 when due to his poor health, he resigned and returned to England. Until 1955, Francis served as vicar of Stanford with Swinford in Leicestershire. Francis died at Leicester Royal Infirmary on 4th February 1955.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for George Hollis

Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 29

Exact Location (what3words): shirt.shirt.exact

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Messrs. Patching keep stonework and lettering in good order for 10/- per annum Keep stonework clean and lettering in order. Not reseponsible for damage to stonework due to subsidence


In loving memory of George Hollis died 29th January 1919 aged 76 years. Also of Susannah his wife died 7th April 1921 aged 78. Also the Rt. Rev. Francis Septimus Hollis 7th Bishop of Borneo 7th son of G and S Hollis died 4th Feb 1955 aged 70 R.I.P. and his sister Emily Margaret Wood dear wife of F. Bernard Wood died 10th Nov. 1971 aged 88

Further Information


Name: George Hollis

Gender: Male

Born: 06/12/1843

Town: Lewisham

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 27/04/1872

Spouse First Name: Susannah

Spouse Last Name: Smith

Town of Marriage: Highgate

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/01/1919

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Floriana

Address line 2: 19

Address line 3: Downview Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £4680 6 s 8 d

Current value of effects: £135999.00

Census Information


Rose Hill Lodge, Upper Lewes Road, Brighton

William aged 55, Royal College of Surgeons, VP Society of Apothecaries not practising. Elizabeth aged 49. Ellen aged 30, sister, governess in family. William aged 11. Emily aged 9. George aged 7. Plus 3 servants.


7 St George’s Place, Brighton

William aged 65, magistrate, alderman, MRCS. Elizabeth aged 60. William aged 21. Emily aged 19. George aged 17. John Ainslie aged 58, brother in law, fundholder. Plus 3 servants.


53 Harley Street, Marylebone

George aged 27, barrister in practice. Staying with his brother William, physician and sister Emily.


Dartmouth House, Dartmouth Park Hill, Marylebone.

George aged 37, barrister at law. Susannah aged 38. George aged 8. Alfred aged 6. Harry aged 5. William aged 4. Frederick aged 2. Elizabeth aged 1. Sarah Bawn aged 53, visitor, annuitant. Plus 4 servants.


47 Dartmouth Park Hill, Marylebone

George aged 47, retired barrister. Susannah aged 48. George aged 19, student. Frederick aged 12. Elizabeth aged 11. Percy aged 9. Emily aged 7. Francis aged 6. Arthur aged 4. Maria Davis aged 36, governess. Plus 4 servants.


47 Dartmouth Park Hill, Marylebone

George aged 57, retired barrister. Susannah aged 58. George aged 28, solicitor. Harry aged 22, engineer. Elizabeth aged 21. Emily aged 17. Arthur aged 14. Plus 2 servants.


47 Dartmouth Park Hill, Marylebone

George aged 67, retired barrister. Susannah aged 68. Elizabeth aged 31. Plus 2 servants.

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