Sergeant Walter Claude Hollums

Sergeant Walter Claude Hollums

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, August 15, 1923

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Walter Claude Hollums

Sergeant Claude Hollums was struck and killed by a car on 62nd Street and 1st Avenue.

Sergeant Hollums was on duty but on his way home to tell his wife he had been promoted to Sergeant. He stepped off an East Lake street car when he was hit by a vehicle. The driver took him to hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries before he arrived.

The driver was originally charged with manslaughter, but the charges were dropped when Sergeant Hollums widow and brother requested that all charges be dropped.

Sergeant Hollums was a United States Navy WWI veteran who had served with the Birmingham Police Department for three years and previously served with the Southern Railway Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, two children, and two brothers. One brother also served with the Birmingham Police Department


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle


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Sgt. Hollums,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Birmingham.


United States Border Patrol

August 15, 2023

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