James Holland

Aug 1, 1893

Born in Hastings County, Ontario to George William and Clarissa “Clara” (nee Haggarty) Holland

George Holland died in 1895 and his mother Clarissa married Shedrack Mitchell in 1912


Aug 8, 1914

Volunteered with the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles in Kingston

Ø  Number 1931

Ø  Posted to “A” Company


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59473 (temporary number 78)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. S. Mitchell, mother, Wooler, Ontario

o   There is a note to also notify Mrs. L. Johnston, sister, Iroquois, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cheese Maker

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles and 1 year in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

o   Employed as Groom to Major E.W. Jones

o   Later posted to the Transport Section

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


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 11, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jul 29, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 11, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 21, 1917

Posted to the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France for duty


Dec 10, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 24, 1917

Rejoined the reinforcement camp from leave


Feb 14, 1918

Left the reinforcement camp and rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Mericourt, France


Nov 23, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1918

Arrived at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Aubin St. Vaast


Dec 26, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, James Holland rejoined the 21st Battalion in Seigburg, Germany


Jan 7, 1919

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in his throat


Jan 11, 1919

Transferred to the No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station and the diagnosis was changed to read Quinsy


Jan 23, 1919

Discharged from the casualty clearing station and rejoined the battalion 4 days later in Vitrival, Belgium


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


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 Lance Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277473

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Madoc, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Madoc, Ontario


Aug 3, 1921

Married to Gertrude Laura Parry in Trenton, Ontario


Sep 22, 1958

James Holland died at home, RR #1 Frankford, Ontario


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