John Hollick was an only son and an Essex boy, born in Ingatestone in 1899 and brought up in Upminster. After a spell at Winchester House in Brackley, he came up to Sidney House from 1913-17. Sporting wise, he was not in the front rank but he played his part in House rowing and cricket. He was part of that gallant band of volunteers who worked in the Workshops during the summer holidays of 1915, and he had a pretty good bass voice, giving a stirring rendition of ‘Funiculi, Funicula’ as part of a bass octet.
Leaving school at the time of Passchendaele, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant in November of that year. He arrived in France in January 1918, and did good work continuously until he was reported missing on 18 May 1918.
He was last seen in conflict with several German aeroplanes about ten miles over the German lines near Sailly-sur-Lys, near Armentières. The presumption is that he was shot down and his body never recovered.
He is remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, along with seven other Oundelians. He was 19 years old at the time of his death.