Herbert Holland (1889-1917)

This page is part of a project by David Verguson to research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the Lindley area.


Herbert Holland was born in Golcar on 9 September 1889, the son of Tom Holland, a joiner, and his wife Sarah (née Whiteley). Sarah was not Tom's first wife: Hannah (née Priestley) had died in early 1888 at the age of only 39, leaving Tom with five children aged between four and thirteen, to raise, so Herbert had two older half-brothers and three half-sisters. Tom married Susan with the year; it would have been nigh on impossible for a widowed father to look after a family while earning a living.

In the 1890s the family were living on Ley Moor Road but by 1901 had moved across the valley to Bull Green Road in Longwood. The girls were no longer living at home: Annie was living with her grandfather John Priestley on Ley Moor Road. The other two, Edith (born 1875) and Frances Sarah (1880) have proved difficult to locate.

By 1901, Herbert's two older brothers, Arthur, then aged 19, and Willie, aged 17, were both working as woollen piecers. Herbert, only eleven years old, was still at Knowl Bank School in Golcar. Sadly, Tom Holland died in 1904 at the age of only 56, only a few years after Herbert left school.[1]

In 1911, Herbert was living on Longwood Gate with his widowed mother and working as a cloth finisher, probably at John Broadbent and Sons, Parkwood Mill. Sarah worked as a charwoman, one of the few unskilled occupations available to older widows.

A member of Salendine Nook Baptist Church, Herbert also played cricket in his spare time. He did not rush to enlist in the army when war broke out but joined on 7 August 1916, probably after being conscripted, although he served in the local Territorial Force, the 1/4th Duke of Wellingtons. Which may suggest he volunteered before being called-up.

We know for certain that he was in France from December that same year.

Herbert died of wounds, in Belgium, on 9 August 1917, almost a year to the day after he joined the army. His war gratuity was shared in late 1917 between his mother and his brother, Arthur. Sadly, Sarah Ellen died in June 1918 at the age of sixty-six.

Herbert is remembered at the Salendine Nook Baptist Church he attended as well as at his parish church, St. Mark's, Longwood and on the Longwood War Memorial.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HOLLAND, HERBERT. Private. No 203742. 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born 9.9.1889. Son of Mrs Holland, 202 Dod Lee Green, Longwood. Educated Knowl Bank Council School, Golcar. Employed in the milling department at Messrs John Broadbent and Sons Limited, Parkwood Mills. Attended Salendine Nook Baptist Church. Played cricket for Lidget Green in the Bradford league. Single. Enlisted 7.8.1916. Embarked for France in December, 1916. Died of wounds 9.8.1917, aged 27 years. Buried COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row F, Grave 14.
ROH:- Salendine Nook Baptist Church; St. Mark's Parish Church, Longwood; Longwood War Memorial; commemorated in Salendine Nook Baptist Chapel yard, 120E.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Next door on Bull Green Road lived the Lumb family; Albert Lumb died at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 a few months after Albert.