WILLIE HOLLAND 

Rank: Gunner
Service Number: 194016.
Regiment: A Bty. 223rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery Died Wednesday 9th March 1921 Age 41County Memorial Congleton
Commemorated\Buried ASTBURY (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
Grave\Panel Ref: East End of the Church
United Kingdom

Son of Mr. Henry Holland and Mrs. Martha Holland, of 4, South Street, Congleton, Cheshire and 2, West End Cottages, Congleton, Cheshire husband of Mrs. Nellie Tattersall, (formerly Holland nee Procter) of Sunnyside, Hackney's Lake, Congleton, Cheshire. He had one child, Barbara Holland. They were married at St James's Church, Congleton, Cheshire on the 20th February 1912. They resided at 7, Wagg Street, Congleton, Cheshire. He had brothers, Albert and Robert Holland He was employed as a Clerk.

Extract from the Congleton Chronicle 1921

The funeral of Mr. William Holland, of Sunnyside, Hackney's Lake, Congleton, Cheshire, whose death occurred on the 9th of March after a brief illness, took place on Sunday afternoon at Astbury Church. The high esteem in which deceased was held was seen in the large gathering of representatives from the various institutions in the town who were present to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of one whose friendship they were proud to claim.

The service was conducted by the Rev. J. H. Barr, and the cortege left the deceased's residence in the following order.

Representing the Congleton Constitutional Club, Messrs' C. M. Cliffe, J. Saxon, W. H. Whitby, H. Thursfield, E. Sproston, A. L. Jackson, S. J. Perry, T. C Eardley, H. Howard, F. T. Barlow, T. Hollinshead, W. M. Carter and S. Farrall.

Representing the Lion and Swan Bowling Club, Councillor M. Harper, Mr. T. Warrington.

Representing the Congleton Town Football Club, Councillor s. Burgess, Councillor H. Moores, Messrs' L. Woodcock and Wadeson.

Representing Messrs' Radley and Company, Mr. F. Burgess.

Representing the Congleton Cricket Club, Messrs' S. J. Forster, E. Sproston, J. Alcock, D. Jackson and G. H. Burgess.

Representing the Congleton Unionist Association, Councillor Lawton.

Representing the local Branch of the Comrades of the Great War, Alderman A. J. Solly, Messrs' J. N. Solly, W. Goodall, H. Weaver and l. W. Hulme.

Representing the 7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, Sergeant Major W. P. Alcock.

There were also present Messrs' W. Billington, E. Hobson, M. Hunt, J. W. Warrington, W Salt and A. Lawton.

The coffin which was draped in the Union Jack, was borne to the grave by the following ex-soldiers D. Smith (Cheshire Regiment), W. A. Sproston (Royal Engineers), J. Standeven (Royal Air Force), L. Jones (Black Watch), E. J. Saunders (R.A.M.C.) and G. Smith (Royal Welsh Fusiliers).

At the graveside a large gathering of sympathising friends assembled, and after the last rites had been pronounced the Last Post was sounded by Bandmaster A. Slater, The coffin bore the inscription,

WILLIAM HOLLAND. DIED MARCH 9th 1921 AGED 41 YEARS.

The mourners were, Mr. Robert Holland (brother), Mr. R. Procter, Mr. C. Pownall, (brother in law), Mr. J. Holland (cousin), Mr. C. Holland, Mr. G. Holland (cousins) and Mr. M. Madders.