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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of William Holland
Person Details
Retford
William was born in 1885 at Retford and was the son of Frederick Holland, an iron moulder who worked for Jenkins and Company and Mary Jane Holland (nee Hurst ) of 106, Moorgate Hill, Retford. Frederick and Mary had a total of eight children, four sons and four daughters. William had a twin brother John. By the 1911 census the family are living at 6 Providence Place, Carr Road Retford, William who is by now 25 years of age has followed in his fathers profession that of iron moulder and is also working for Jenkins and company, two brothers John and Frederick and a sister, Susan are all at the address.
04 Mar 1917
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He was a moulder at Messrs Jenkins Engineering Works
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
William enlisted in Retford shortly after war broke out ,on September 7th 1914 and after undergoing a course of training at Whitby Bay, he went to France on May 16th 1915. he served the 1st battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys ) Regiment, and was killed in action on 4th March 1917 and is buried in Fins new British Cemetery , Sorel-Le-Grand, Somme, France grave reference VII D 7 Private William Holland Retford Times 30 March 1917 Much sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs F Holland of number 1, Carr Road, Retford in the loss of their son, Pte Wm, Holland, 1st Sherwood Foresters, who was killed in action on March 4th. Prior to the war the brave soldier was a moulder at Messrs Jenkins Engineering Works. He joined the Colours on September 7th 1914 and after undergoing a course of training at Whitby Bay, he went to France on May 16th 1915. He was 31 years of age and was attached to the Machine Gun Section. He had seen a lot of fighting and fell a victim to a sniper. His parents receivrd intimation of his death from a friend on March 1915 and the official notification from the War Office arrived on March 22nd. The deceased has two brothers serving, Pte J Holland with the Cheshire Regt and Pte F Holland with the South Wales Borderers.
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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of William Holland
    William Holland - This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of William Holland
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    William Holland - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand . Courtesy of Murray Biddle