Douglas Hugh Holland

May 4, 1889

Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59472 (temporary number 184)

Ø  Next of kin given as Wentworth Holland, brother, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Building Construction

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Congregationalist

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Mar 25, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unrecorded offence


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 2, 1915

Posted for duty as “A” Company Cook with extra duty pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 6, 1916

Proceeded on Trench Mortar Course at the 1st Army School


Nov 21, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Dec 17, 1916

Attached to the 4th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery


Jan 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 28, 1917

Rejoined the trench mortar battery from leave


Jul 25, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Corneal Ulcer (an abscess in his eye)


Jul 29, 1917

Transferred to the No. 18 Casualty Clearing Station


Aug 1, 1917

Transferred via the No. 38 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France


Aug 5, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the military hospital in Lewisham

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Aug 28, 1917

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Sep 18, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) in Seaford


Feb 8, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) in Seaford for permanent duty


Jul 11, 1918

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 26, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Sep 28, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Oct 3, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Holland rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front on the Hindenburg Support Line as part of a draft of 156 reinforcements


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 17, 1919

Medical Board in Witley notes

Ø  Man suffers from Myopia in both eyes and Chronic Nasal Catarrh

Ø  Vision is impaired and requires glasses

Ø  Has difficulty breathing through his nose

Ø  Board recommends he be returned to Canada for discharge


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277329

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 98 Stratford, Connecticut, USA


Dec 19, 1957

Douglas Hugh Holland died while a patient in the Fairfield State Psychiatric Hospital, Newtown, Connecticut, USA


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