No. A/189, 8th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action on Tuesday 3 August 1915 (aged 20)
No known grave
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 51 and 53)
Greyabbey and District War Memorial located on the outside wall of
Greyabbey Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Saviour’s)
Family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard
James Holland was born on 7 March 1895 in Greyabbey and it was reported in the Press that he was the second son of William and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Holland (nee Regan) who were married on 25 July 1886 in St Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church at Nunsquarter, Kircubbin. William Holland, a bachelor from Greyabbey, was a son of William Holland, a weaver. Lizzie Regan, a spinster from Greyabbey, was a flowerer and she was a daughter of Andrew Regan, a tailor.
William Holland worked as a silk weaver and labourer and he and Lizzie had at least four children including:
Eliza Anne (born 28 July 1888 in Greyabbey)
Unnamed male child (born 12 June 1892 in the Workhouse, Newtownards)
James (born 7 March 1895 in Greyabbey)
Their mother, Lizzie Holland, died on 6 March 1906 (aged 48).
After leaving school, James Holland moved to Llanelli in Wales where he was employed in the tinplate works.
James Holland enlisted in Llanelli and he served with the 8th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Lance Corporal James Holland was wounded by shellfire and after a period in hospital he returned to the firing line in July 1915. Two weeks later, on 3 August 1915, he was killed in action and it was reported in the Press at the time that his death was ‘instantaneous’.
In August 1916 Lance Corporal James Holland’s father, brother and sisters placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:
His warfare o’er, his battle fought;
His victory won, though dearly bought;
He fought so well, he was so brave,
His soul at rest in a soldier’s grave.
Lance Corporal James Holland was 20 when he died and he has no known grave. In his will he left all of his property and effects to his father, William Holland, living in Main Street, Greyabbey.
Lance Corporal James Holland is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium; on Greyabbey and District War Memorial located on the outside wall of Greyabbey Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Saviour’s) and on the family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard.