Edward Holland was born in Tattenhall, his parents being Henry and Hannah Holland. His father was a Cattle Dealer and they lived on Newton Lane. The baptismal records confirm that Edward Holland was baptised by the Rev Arthur P Holme in Tattenhall. By the time of the 1901 Census, Edward was 9 years old and at home with his older sister, Annie, who was 15 years old. That said, he was not listed at home on Census night in 1911. Quite when he moved away from Tattenhall is an unknown but there is a reference to his death in the Birmingham Daily Post dated 20 November 1916, which mentions that Edward Holland was native to Tattenhall.
Gunner Edward Holland died on 3 October 1916 and is remembered on the Tattenhall War Memorial and at Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta (shown below). From the spring of 1915, the hospitals and convalescent depots established on the islands of Malta and Gozo dealt with over 135,000 sick and wounded, chiefly from the campaigns in Gallipoli and Salonika. Increased submarine activity in the Mediterranean meant that fewer hospital ships were sent to the island from May 1917.
Gunner EDWARD HOLLAND
‘D’ Bty 68th Bde., Royal Field Artillery
3 October 1916
Remembered with honour
PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, MALTA