Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthAugust 4, 1900
Place of BirthRat Portage, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of Kinmother, Mrs. H.E. Holland of Kenora, Ontario
Trade / Callingclerk
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number198370
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion94th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentNovember 29, 1915
Age at Enlistment15
Theatre of ServiceGreat Britain
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathJuly 21, 1965
Age at Death65
Buried AtGarry Memorial Park Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Holland, Charles Edgar

Charles Edgar Holland was born 04 August 1900 in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario. His parents were Herbert Edward Holland and Ada Black Donkin. He  was the oldest of five children of this couple. His siblings were  Evelyn May, John Frederick, Winnifred Jean and Ada Gertrude.

A year  after Charles’ birth the family moved to Manitoba living in Carman, Holland, and finally Wawanesa where his father established his own business. In 1915 they returned to Kenora and his father took charge of the tin shop of Hose & Canniff.

Charles enlisted with the 94th battalion on 29 November 1915 even though he was just 15 years old. His father, Herbert, signed up less than two months later. In May of 1916 they both left Kenora for Port Arthur to join up with the rest of the 94th. The unit headed overseas on 28 June 1916 embarking from Halifax aboard the S. S. Olympic.

When Charles reached England he was transferred to the  17th Battalion.  While training in England he was seriously ill with typhoid fever, DAH (Disordered Action of the Heart), measles, and venereal disease, spending nine and a half months in various hospitals. In November of 1917 he was awarded one Good Conduct Badge. In December of 1917 it was discovered that Charles was underaged and he was transferred to the ‘Young Soldiers Battalion’. In June of 1918 he was returned to Canada. He received his discharge on 20  Aug 1918 due to being ‘medically unfit for further war service’ and under age.

Charles got employment with the Dryden Paper Company as a ‘traffic manager’. His wife’s name was Hilda and they had two children – Sonja and Frank.

Charles died on 21 July 1965 at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was interred in Garry Memorial Park Cemetery in Winnipeg.

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