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.
Mr Philip Holland in Sydney, Australia confirms Luke was one of his two great uncles listed on the WWI Huthwaite Memorial. Elder brother Eli Holland identifies a double loss for parents plus their own family.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Simplest Identification.
Also listed upon the Sutton Cemetery Memorial.
Nottinghamshire Free Press - Sutton Library Archives 19th. May, 1916 - from Paul Bradshaw
Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 LUKE HOLLAND, born Sutton-in-Ashfield, enlisted Mansfield. 2nd./8th. Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.) Private 4136, Died 26th. April, 1916. Died Home (sic)
The Sherwood Foresters in the Easter Rising Dublin 1916 © Cliff Housley, Forester Military Historian
Written 08 Feb 09 Revised 21 Jun 14 © by Gary Elliott