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: Lisgar Collegiate Institute, by the Main Office

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.420843   Long: -75.688179

Contributor: Lisgar Collegiate Institute/CWO Mark Dingsdale

On Friday, November 7, 1986 a special assembly was held at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in memory of former graduate, Sergeant Edward Holland, VC.  A print depicting the Royal Canadian Dragoons, of which he was a member, was presented in his honour to the school. This coincided with the mounting of a plaque dedicated to Holland's valour, created by the school in collaboration with the Lisgar Alumni Association. Both tributes are now prominently installed in Memorial Hall at the school.

In attendance were: Brigadier-General G.G. Bell, Colonel of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Lt. Colonel D. A. Henderson, Mr. Edward Holland and Mrs. Judy Kahn, the grandson and granddaughter of Sergeant Holland. There was also a person on stage dressed in a military uniform similar to that worn by Sergeant Holland.

A biography was prepared by Sydney Bateman, a former Lisgar head-boy (1944).  His research and initiative persuaded the Alumni Association to proceed with the tribute. Mr. Edward Holland, on behalf of his sister and himself, expressed their deep appreciation for this tribute to their grandfather.

Sergeant Holland joined the Army after he left Lisgar, served in the South African War, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on November 7, 1900.  Holland later achieved the rank of Major and served in the First World War. The Major E.J.G. Holland VC Armoury is named in his honour.

After Major Holland died on June 18, 1948 in Cobalt, Ontario, he was cremated and his ashes were cast over a small island in lake Temagami, as directed in his will.

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Inscription found on memorial

[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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