Edward Holland Plaque

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-056

Type: Brass plaque and brass plaque on wood

Address: 29 Lisgar Street

Location: Inside Lisgar Collegiate Institute by the Main Office

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.420843   Long: -75.688179

Contributor: CWO Mark Dingsdale

The Alumni Association of Lisgar Collegiate Institute, in cooperation with the students and staff, are undertaking a second heritage project. Before 1900, a student attended Lisgar whose name was Edward Holland. When Holland died many years later in Northern Ontario, he was cremated and his ashes were cast over a small island in lake Tamagami, as directed by his will.

What makes all this significant is that Holland joined the Army after he left Lisgar, served in the South African War, and on November 7, 1900, won the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth's highest award for valour in battle. There is no memorial to him in the City of Ottawa - (Holland Avenue was called after his father) - and Holland's name is not recorded among the servicemen and women in the front hall. Holland has been truly lost to posterity.

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[top plaque/ plaque du haut]

THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS "SAVING THE GUNS
AT LELIEFONTEIN" 7TH NOVEMBER, 1900

THIS PRINT WAS PRESENTED TO L.C.I. BY THE
ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS ON NOVEMBER 7TH,
1986 TO HONOUR THE MEMORY OF A FORMER
STUDENT, SGT EDWARDJ.G. HOLLAND, WHO WON
THE VICTORIA CROSS DURING THE BOER WAR

[lower plaque/plaque du bas]

FOR VALOUR

SERGEANT EDWARD J.G. HOLLAND, V.C.

THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS

A GRADUATE OF THIS SCHOOL WHO WAS AWARDED THE
VICTORIA CROSS, THE EMPIRE'S HIGHEST MILITARY
DECORATION FOR CONSPICUOUS BRAVERY IN ACTION
DURING THE BOER WAR AT LELIEFONTEIN, KOMATI
RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA ON
NOVEMBER 7, 1900

ERECTED BY STUDENTS AND ALUMNI 1986

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