BORN HULL 1891. SON OF EDWARD JAMES/CLARA OLLETT, 1 CAMBRIDGE ST. WITHERNSEA. HIS DEATH WAS RECORDED ON THE HULL NEW GEORGE STREET MEMORIAL. & KINGS HALL CHURCH ROLL OF HONOUR, WITH BROTHER HAROLD OLLETT, KILLED IN ACTION, ON 09/04/1917.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. L/CPL ROBERT OLLETT 11/691. Born in Hull in April 1891, Robert was the fourth of eight children to Edward and Clara Ollett of 1 Cammidge Street, Withernsea. A Labourer by trade, he enlisted on Tuesday 8th September 1914 at Hull City Hall joining the newly formed 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, 'The Tradesmen', 2nd Hull Pals. A veteran of Egypt, the Somme and Oppy Wood Robert was killed in action 26th July 1917 at Vimy Ridge and buried at Bumble Trench Cemetery; he was 26 years old. The family had endured more tragedy than most. Edward and Clara Ollett had buried three of their children prior to 1914, Henry (1905), Wilman (1909) and Thomas (1913); worse still, they had lost their son Harold to the war, killed in action on 8th April 1917 serving with the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. The news of Robert's death must have been a hammer blow. Horrendous.