W/3441 Gunner John William Holland.

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"D" Battery, 122nd Brigade, R.F.A.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 29 August 1918.

Holland was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 12 June 1918 reported, Whittlefield Youths Military Medal.

Signaller J.W. Holland of the Welsh RFA, 41, Whittlefield Street, Burnley, has written to his parents to tell them that he was presented with the Military Medal by his General before his Division on May 26th.

On 9 - 10 April 1918, during the retreat from Armentieres, volunteers were asked for to go out and find the whereabouts of enemy's patrols. Gunner Holland (3441) immediately volunteered. He was able to get valuable information by creeping out into the open under heavy machine gun fire, regardless of his own life. This he continued to do throughout the day and through the night. On other occasions he has gone out many times to repair telephone wires during the fighting for Bailluel.

Signaller Holland was a Patrol Leader in the Holy Trinity Scouts and at the age of 18 he voluntarily enlisted and was sent to Criccieth for training. He went out to France on 24 December of the same year. He was also in the choir and a Sunday School Teacher at St. Oswald's Mission Room. Previous to the war he worked for his uncle Mr. Alec Holland, tripe dresser, Yorkshire Street, Burnley.