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George Thomas was the son of Jeremiah Holland and Elizabeth Holland nee Mullins. Jeremiah Holland was born in Nottingham in 1857. Elizabeth was born in Dorset in 1854 and christened in the parish of Iwerne-Courtney, Dorset, on 25 December 1854. They were married in Nottingham in 1878 (marriage registered J/A/S). According to the information they gave on the 1911 Census when they had been married for 33 years, they had had seven children of whom only four were still living. Five children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Minnie Mullins, later Holland/Mullins Holland (b. 1877, registered A/M/J), who was described on the 1881 census as Jeremiah's step-daughter, George Thomas (b. 1879, d. 1885, buried 21 January 1885), Mary Ann (birth registered 1881 J/F/M), George Thomas (b. 1887, registered O/N/D) and Willie (b. 1893, registerd J/A/S). All the children were born in Nottingham. In 1881 Jeremiah (24), a bricklayer, and Elizabeth (27) were living at 68 Leicester Street, St Ann's, Nottingham, in the household of his father, Joseph (56), a stonemason. Three children were in the household, Minnie Mullins (4), described as a step-daughter, George (2) and Mary A. (2 months). By 1891 Jeremiah (36) and Elizabeth (37) were living at 3 Regent Place, Bloomsgrove Street, Radford, with their three children; Minnie (14) a lace winder, Mary Ann (10) and George Thomas (3). Minnie was married in 1898 to William Phillips, her name on the Marriage Index is given as 'Minnie Mullins Holland'. By 1901 Jeremiah and Elizabeth had moved to 1 Regent Place, Bloomsgrove Street, and this was probably the family home for the rest of their married life. Mary Ann (20) was a cotton winder, George (13) an apprentice carriage maker and Willie (7) was at school. Mary Ann married John Allen Smith in 1901 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham). By 1911 only George, a dropper maker, and Willie, a packer for a lace manufacturer, were still living at home. George married Florence Draper in 1918 (marriage registered J/A/S Nottingham); they lived at 10 Cardwell Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham (CWGC) which was Florence's home before her marriage (see Nottingham Post notice, 1916, under 'extra information') George's brother, Willie, served in the Sherwood Foresters (4992 Private) and was killed in action in France on 9 August 1915 (Ypres Menin Gate Memorial). Willie had named his parents and brother as his next of kin. Elizabeth Holland died at the age of 64 in 1918 (death registered December), a few months before the death of her eldest son. His father completed a form for the army in May 1919 listing the surviving blood relatives of his son Willie who was killed in action in 1915 - himself and Willie's two sisters. Jeremiah was still living at 1 Regent Place, Minnie Phillips was living in Beeston, Nottingham, and Mary Ann Smith was living off Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. Jeremiah died aged 68 in 1924 (death registered March Nottingham).
In 1901 he was an apprentice carriage maker and in 1911 a dropper maker (lace machine building).
25 Feb 1919
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Army Service Corps
Private George Thomas Holland, served with No. 2 Lines of Communication, Area Reception Camp, 525th Coy., Royal Army Service Corps. According to notices in the local paper on the anniversaries of his brother Willie's death on 9 August, in 1917 George was serving in Salonika and in 1918 he was described as 'with the Colours'. He died of pneumonia on 25th February 1919, at the 7th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, and is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 3 March 1919: 'Holland. On February 25th at the Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, Driver GT Holland of pneumonia. Wife and child.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: George's widow, Florence, was his sole legatee. Nottingham Evening Post, Friday 20 October 1916: “39 More Persons Summonsed in Nottingham [offences under the Lighting Order]. The offences were investigated by Mr J Reed and Mr TG Mellers at the Guildhall, Nottingham: ‘There was a noise in the back-yard and the dog must have pulled the blind down' was the excuse offered by Florence Draper of 10, Cardwell-street, who was fined 10s.” (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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