Private 4136 - Sherwood Foresters
2nd/8th Notts and Derbys Regiment
Enlisted: Mansfield 24th June 1915
Killed in Action Dublin 26th April 1916 : Aged 22
Grangegorman Military Cemetery. Ref. CE.629
Private 4136 Luke Holland was born 1896 Q1 in Huthwaite. Parents 1879 Q4 marriage in Ireland between Mr George Holland from Belper and Miss Margaret Murphy from Cork comes from his military career and final regimental posting after fighting the Zulu and 1st Boer wars. Raising children in England where he locally worked mining coal, father eventually heads Huthwaite 1901 household aged 43. Mrs Margaret Holland 39, had sadly lost infants but mothered William 20 bn Ireland, Eli 15, Cloey 12 bn Skegby. Rowland 7 and Luke 5 were born at their Blackwell Road address, before moving with parents into 1911 Club Yard.
Mr Luke Holland was youngest known sibling who followed fathers local coal hewing work underground at New Hucknall Colliery starting as Pit Pony Driver. His September 1914 marriage to a Derbyshire born Miss Annie Henstock later registers a daughter named Jessie born 15th October 1914, where they shared wife's family home at 36 Stoneyford Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Luke had enlisted at Sutton 6th January 1915 joining the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Pte 19462 L Holland was however discharged just 6 days later assessed
not likely to become an efficient soldier. He went on and bravely disproved that notion when it mattered.
Pte 4136 Luke Holland signed next attestation joining the 8th Sherwood Foresters Nottinghamshire Territorial Force from 24th June 1915. Army Form E. 624 furthermore accepts agreement to serve abroad, dating 13th July 1915 transferal to 2/8 Notts & Derbys Regiment prior posting to Dublin fighting the Irish Rebellion. Company Officer's had congratulated and rewarded more than a few days extra pay for May 1916 gallantry. But his military records offering updated next of kin details results from being killed by fatal wounding, fighting on Northumberland Road in the Republic of Ireland Rebellion on 26th April 1916, aged 22.
The photograph is that of Private Luke Holland, who was killed in the Irish rebellion. Private Holland, who was 22 years of age, was formerly a miner at New Hucknall Colliery, and was enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters on June 20th., 1915. He leaves a wife and one child. From the Captain of deceased’s company Mrs. Holland has received the following letter:
It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that during the severe fighting in which this Battalion took part in Dublin your husband was killed. I know full well what a blow this news will be to you, and the only consolation is that you may rest assured that he died doing his duty as a soldier and as a man. His loss is deeply regretted by all officers and men in his company.
Mr Philip Holland in Sydney, Australia relayed extended living remembrance, relating brothers Luke Holland with Eli Holland being his great uncles. Both gained Huthwaite family roll of honour, plus Luke's widow Mrs Annie Holland with daughter Jessie received a pension ensuring a Sutton Memorial listing.