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39331 Pte. Thomas Holland

39331 Private Thomas Holland born in 1886 in Scholar Green. Thomas was one of 6 children to Joshua & Eliza Holland, Station Road, Scholar Green, his occupation was a farm labourer, height 5 feet 6 ¼ inches, weight 141 lbs, he was unmarried.


Thomas enlisted on 22/03/1916 in Congleton; he did his basic training at Kinmel Camp, North Wales. Part of his Military Service Record is as follows:

Home (Home means in Britain) 22/03/1916 – 23/07/1916. On the 21st May 1916 Thomas was put on a charge for “absent off pass from 11:30 until reported himself at 5pm (17 ½ hours)” punishment 2 days C.B (Confined to Barracks).


He embarked from Southampton on 23rd July 1916, disembarked in France on 24th July 1916; he joined the 19th Battalion RWF (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) on 25th July 1917 in Rouen, from Rouen he was in the field (fighting). On the 30th July 1916 he joined the 10th Battalion RWF in the field. He was killed on the 16th August 1916 his body was never found. Mrs Eliza Holland received her son’s medals on the 25/12/1921.

Medal Card