Major Edward Holland Memorial Plaque

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-022

Type: Provincial Military Plaque

Address: 110 Argyle Street

Location: Trafalgar House (Royal Canadian Legion Branch)

This plaque is dedicated to Major Edward Holland, VC. It was erected in October 1969 by the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario on the grounds of 'Trafalgar House', the then - headquarters of the Ottawa branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, at 110 Argyle Street, Ottawa. The plaque was taken down in 1972 when the Legion offices were demolished and relocated to 100-1800 Bank Street, Ottawa. The plaque did not move with the Legion and there is no record of its whereabouts thereafter.

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MAJOR EDWARD J.G. HOLLAND, V.C., 1878-1948

Born in Ottawa, Holland enlisted in 1899 in the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles. He served in the Boer War and, on November 7, 1900, was a member of the small rearguard detachment assigned to cover a withdrawal from the Komati River. For his gallant action during this engagement Holland was awarded the Victoria Cross. His citation reads: “Sergeant Holland did splendid work with his Colt (machine) Gun, and kept the Boers off the two 12-pounders by its fire at close range. When he saw the enemy were too near him to escape with the gun-carriage, as the horse was blown, he calmly lifted the gun off and galloped away with it under his arm.”

LE MAJOR EDWARD J.G. HOLLAND, V.C., 1878-1948

Né à Ottawa, Holland s’engagea en 1899 dans le Premier Régiment Canadien des Fusiliers à Cheval. Il servit dans la Guerre des Boers et faisait partie, le 7 novembre 1900, du petit détachement, d’arrière-garde chargé de couvrir le retraite sur la Rivière Komati. Son intrépidité lors de cet engagement lui valut la Victoria Cross. Il fut cité en ces termes : “Le Sergent Holland s’est servit splendidement de sa mitrailleuse ‘Colt’, maintenant les Boers à distance des deux pièces d’artillerie de 12 par un feu nourri à courte portée. Ne pouvant s’échapper avec l’arme et l’affût, son cheval étant épuisé, Holland prit l’arme sous son bras et s’enfuit au gallop”.

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