Queen's & King's South Africa Medals
(Cape Colony) (SA01 SA02)
1915 Star Trio:
Pte /Cpl. E.W.A. HOLLAND.
Cape Town Highlanders
12th Infantry & 2nd S.A.I.
A man with an interesting medical and military history.
Edward William Agard Holland was previously a Bookseller from Cape Town, and served as a member of the Cape Town Highlander's (QSA & KSA as No.382) and Pretoria Regt (as No.79) during the Boer War.
He had suffered with Bubonocele & Varicocele (Groin and Testicular Hernia) during his time with 2nd Pretoria Regt.
He was take on strength of 1st S.A.I. on15th January 1917, aged 35.
Had dental problems before leaving SA ( embarked SS Balmoral Castle on 24th Feb 1917) which were presumably fixed on the ship on the way to France where he arrived on 22nd May 1917. Joined Bn and posted to "D" Coy on 14th June 1917. Awarded 48hrs Field Punishment No.2 by O.C. for:
"Whilst on active service, Malingering In The Field"
18th December 1917.
He was clearly not a young man by the standards of the day and after what was clearly a difficult start to the war he succumbed to a Severe case of Trench Feet on 13th January 1918. He was then hospitalised at No.9 (Lakeside USA) General Hospital at Rouen and returned to England
( Richmond Park Military Hospital, Grove Road )
This unit, an early workhouse and mental institution, treated many South African Casualties of WWI
NOTE *The new purpose-built 2-storey Richmond Union Workhouse opened in Grove Road in April 1787. A plaque on the building declared it was 'Erected by the Muniificence of His Majesty George the III for the use of the poor of Richmond and Kew'. An infirmary and an institution for 'lunatics and disorderly persons' was added later.
Then onward for convelesence to Eastbourne Conv, Hospital and was discharged on 25th May 1918 ....only to contract Severe and Chronic Ulcers of the Tongue and Mouth on 21st November 1918.
Finally discharged 12th January 1919.
Some poor lads just get landed with the lot !