Huthwaite War Memorial Project

HOLLAND L. 31058

Huthwaite War Memorial

Luke Holland

Private 4136 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derby Regt 2nd/8th. Battalion

Killed in Action Dublin 26th April 1916 : Aged 22

Grangegorman Military Cemetery. Ref. CE.629

Luke was a son of coal miner George Holland. A native of Belper, Derbyshire, he and wife Margaret from County Cork, made Huthwaite their family home living on Blackwell Road. After raising three sons here, a Mr Philip Holland confirms they had double misfortune of losing two in separate conflicts abroad, by adding knowledge Luke and Eli were brothers, and both would have represented his great uncles.
  Luke was the younger brother to follow his fathers profession working at the New Hucknall Colliery. His marriage to Miss Annie Henstock in September 1914 finds their own marital home at Sutton-in-Ashfield, where they parented a daughter named Jessie. The recent move before June 1915 enlistment for WWI into the local Notts and Derby Regiment of Sherwood Foresters is how this Private Holland became also recognised upon that town memorial, although his war was not directly aimed at Nazi Germany.
  His battalions posting to Dublin was in order to fight against the 1916 Irish Rebellion. The Company Officer recorded the gallantry shown by Private 4136 Holland when awarding some extra pay excused from all duties. But this order was only published shortly after his death, which swiftly followed the same day as being severely wounded among the conflicts upon Northumberland Road, Dublin, Ireland.


Notts Free Press – 19th. May, 1916.
KILLED IN DUBLIN
SUTTON SOLDIER’S DEATH
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.”
Dublin 1916Private 4136 2/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters: Born 1895, son of Mr George and Mrs Margaret Holland: Husband of Mrs Annie Holland (nee Henstock) of 36, Stoneyford Lane, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. In the 1901 census he is shown as living at Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, Notts. Enlisted 24/06/1915: was married at St Michaels and All Angels, Sutton-in-Ashfield, 21/09/1914 and had a daughter Jessie: Died of Wounds 26/04/1916, when aged 22 years, received same day whilst fighting on Northumberland Road during the Irish Rebellion: Buried Grangegorman Military Cemetery, CE. 629., Dublin Irish Republic. His wife and child were granted a pension of 5/- on 06/11/1916. (Battalion Part II Order published 03/05/1916 shows the C.O.'s congratulations on his gallantry and was awarded 2 days extra pay out of the C.O.'s Fund and excused all duties and fatigues for one month)

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Written 08 Feb 09 Revised 21 Jun 14 © by Gary Elliott