Arthur HOLLAND
Rank: Private
Number: 28748
Unit: 18th Battalion WELSH REGIMENT
Date of Death: 24 March 1918
Age: 20 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

All seven of the Holland brothers served during the War. Arthur and George would not come home. The eldest, William, served with the Royal Field Artillery. Fred, George, Charles and James fought with the Cheshire Regiment. The youngest, Edward, served aboard HMS Duncan - one of the Royal Navy's battleships. Arthur, of course, served with the Welsh Regiment - enlisting in Stockport.

Their parents, George and Elizabeth, also had two daughters. The couple had married at St Mary's Church, Heaton Reddish in the late 1870s and, for many years, lived at Ann Street, in Reddish, first at No. 6, then No. 23.

Far from being beaten in the spring of 1918, the German Army launched an overwhelming offensive on the British lines on 21 March. Within hours, many Tommies were dead, wounded or taken prisoner. Many more were desperately fighting as they retreated.

The 22nd found Arthur and his mates once again in the front line facing the advancing German infantry, near the village of St Leger. The strength of the attackers was clearly too much and a withdrawal was ordered. The next day, they were ordered forward again to support the troops who were now forming the revised British line.

On the 24th, the Battalion was ordered to deploy as a defensive flank and they "dug in" on this position. Two platoons of "A" Company were pushed forward as an advanced post. They held the positions all day and were subjected to heavy shellfire which, presumably, claimed Arthur as one of its victims.

   
           
   
     
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