352256 Corporal Leonard Holland.

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2/2nd (East Lancashire) Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 16 July 1918. Awarded the Belgium Croix de Guerre in the London Gazette of 12 July 1918.

Holland was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of the 2 March 1918 reported, BELGIUM HONOUR FOR BURNLEYITE. As related briefly in Wednesday's issue, Corporal Leonard Holland, whos wife resides at 24, Thornhill Street, Rosegrove, was decorated on the field with the Belgium Croix de Guerre, for bravery, the honour being conferred on him by General Orth, of the Belgium Army. After the award of the decoration, the general shook hands with the brave soldier and congatulated him on his brave deed. Writing to his parents on February 13th, Corporal Holland states that a guard of honour was formed with the band playing, and all that. The ribbon of the medal is of red watered silk with five green stripes in it.

Corporal Holland, whose parents live at 5, Oak Street, is a member of the East Lancashire Field Hospital whom he joined on the 30 November 1914, he is 32 years of age. Previous to the war he was actively connected to the Wesleyan Sunday School, Lowerhouse, and was a traveller for his uncle, Mr. F. T. Stackhouse, St. John's Road. Last October, Corporal Holland had a miraculous escape, a German shell dropping between the dug out in which he and his comrades were and the next dug out. In the latter three were killed and one in the former. Holland himself was buried up to the neck in debries.

The Burnley Express of 4 May 1918 reported, R.A.M.C. MAN'S SECOND HONOUR. For gallantry and devotion to duty, Corporal Leonard Holland has been awarded the Military Medal. Only a few months ago he was awarded the Croix de Guerre for saving the life of a Belgium Officer....the remainder of the report repeats most of the above.