Huthwaite War Memorial Project

HOLLAND E. 31058

Eli Holland

Eli Holland

Corporal / Rifleman 31058
Monmouthshire Regiment 1st Btn

Killed in Action 8th October 1918 : Aged 33


Eli proves to be an elder son of coal miner George and Mrs Margaret Holland. George was a native of Belper, Derbyshire, who met his wife in County Cork through regimental posting after enlisting for military service fighting in both the Zulu and 1st Boer War. They returned to Belper before making their family home on Blackwell Road in Huthwaite, where they raised three known sons. Mr Philip Holland confirms that Eli and Luke were brothers, both listed on the memorial representing his great uncles.
  Eli is identified being wed to Elizabeth, and a father of two still living in Huthwaite at 5 George Street. His widowed wife is however, understood to have later remarried to become Mrs E Wallace.
  Family research indicates that Eli Holland enlisted for the Cheshire Regiment. His transferal to the assigned Monmouths suggests however that Rifleman Holland had been earlier trained in the part time voluntary service of the Territorial Forces before quickly enlisting for full time duty in November 1914. The Battalion landed in France on 13th February 1915, and suffered severe losses a few months later. After surviving several major conflicts through four years service upon which to claim rank of Corporal, news that Eli had been killed in action was sadly received during the final months leading up to Armistice.

Free Press – 22nd November, 1918.

Corporal E. Holland
(Mrs Holland), 5, George Street, Huthwaite, has received news that her husband, Corporal Eli Holland, was killed in action on October 8th. He enlisted in November, 1914, and was with the Monmouths. Formerly he worked for Mr. George Warner, Sutton. Mrs. Holland, who is left with two children, has received the following letter:-
"In answer to your letter I regret to inform you that your husband was killed in action on October 8th. The Company were attacking an important trench near a village when your husband was hit by a German machine gun bullet and died instantaneously. He has been buried in the village near the church, and a cross with his name has been erected on his grave. Your husband always did his duty well, and he is very much missed by all his comrades. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your sorrow."

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Written 08 Feb 09 Revised 09 Jun 14 © by Gary Elliott