Regimental number2141
Place of birthBirkenhead, England
SchoolOur Lady's and St Edwards Elementary School, Birkenhead, England
Age on arrival in Australia26
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMarine fireman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 6.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Mary Jane Holland, 348 Price Street, Birkenhead, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 September 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Mary HOLLAND (nee Heywood), 348A Price Street, Birkenhead, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded now, 22 August 1916, to be reported as wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1360105, 1058 Pte W. REID, 31st Bn, 30 November 1916: 'He was killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. I saw his dead body as we went across in the charge.'

Second statement, 1058 Lance Corporal W. REID, 31st Bn (patient, War hospital, Huddersfield, England), 16 August 1916: At Fleurbaix he saw Holland lying dead in a trench near the German Lines.' (Comment by interviewer: 'Informant is intelligent and reliable.')

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOLLAND Thomas
Red Cross file 1360105