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David Hollas MBE

Recently retired Army Officer, having served for 34 years including operational tours in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and the Gulf, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Continuing the family tradition of Full time military service like his Grandfather and Father.


David was born in Nottingham where his mother came from. On completion of his fathers service they returned to Chilwell to settle down and he went to Bramcote Hills Grammar School. 


He was the first from his family to be educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport, he has had postings in the UK and overseas including Germany and Canada, attending many exercises worldwide. 


Selected for Command and Staff training at the Army’s Staff College at Camberley, David has held significant responsibilities including the Principle Staff Officer at the Army’s Logistic brigade and Transport and Movements Agency, as well as being the responsible Staff Officer for Army Recruiting.  


David was awarded the MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list 1999 for his time in Company Command at the Army Training Regiment Pirbright.  His final Tour of Duty was as Commander Regional Recruiting for the East Midlands and East Anglia based out of Chilwell immediately prior to the implementation of the Civilianisation of Army Recruiting project which saw all the hard work of driving his region to be the 2nd best of the 10 Army Regions in both whole number and qualitative terms for Soldier and Officer recruiting across both the Regular and Territorial Army’s.


Following the breakdown of his marriage David has bought up both his children as a single father since they were five years old . His daughter now lives and works close by in Nottingham, whilst his son is a serving officer in an Armoured Regiment, currently stationed in Germany.  He is a sports fan although he can't get excited by cricket and tennis, he also enjoys a game of Golf and loves tinkering with classic cars.  An avid Military Historian, he has recently helped with the backgrounds of the War Dead on the Memorial in his local village.


Proud to be British with his paternal roots in Scotland and maternal in Nottingham, David stands for a strong and independent United Kingdom, no to a political union with Europe but yes to the UK taking its rightful place as an international trading nation. He also would like to see a return to an ethical Houses of Parliament where the honourable title is earned by example!



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