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Stanley Hollis (1912-1972)

Stanley Hollis was a British soldier who served during World War II and was known for his bravery and heroism. He was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Hollis was a sergeant in the Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) and was involved in the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. During the intense fighting on that day, Hollis displayed exceptional courage and leadership.

His VC citation describes how he single-handedly attacked and captured two enemy positions despite being wounded. His actions were crucial in clearing German strongpoints, allowing the Allied forces to advance further inland from the beaches.

Stanley Hollis’ bravery and selfless actions during the Normandy landings made him one of the few soldiers to receive the Victoria Cross for actions on D-Day. He continued to serve in the military after the war and remains remembered and honored for his extraordinary courage and valor during one of the most significant military operations in history.