Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of Birth1866
Place of BirthCheshire
Marital StatusMarried
Next of Kinwife, Isabella of 711 River Street, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / Callingmachinist helper CPR
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number2240331
Service Record Link to Service Record
BattalionCanadian Infantry
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at Enlistment711 River Street, Kenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 20, 1917
Age at Enlistment46
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathNovember 6, 1947
Age at Death76
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Holland, Tip James

Tip James Holland was born in 1866 in Cheshire, England. His parents were George and Mary Holland.

He came to the Kenora district in June of 1902 as a widower. On 19 October 1903 he married widow Isabella Mansfield (nee Tweedley) in Rat Portage (Kenora). She had three children: Margaret Henrietta, Mary Isobel and John. Isabella and Tip had another six children together: Fred, George, Timothy, Kathleen, Wayne and Charles.

At age 50, Tip enlisted with the 1st Battalion, Canadian Railway troops in Winnipeg on 20 February 1917. He had been working as a machinist helper on the CPR. He traveled to England aboard the S.S. Canada arriving in Liverpool on 15 March 1917. Tip was transferred to the 6th battalion Canadian Railway Troops and left for France on 04 April 1917. He saw active service in France building railways, often in the firing zone, until his health gave way. In October of 1917 Tip started suffering from myalgia and was returned to England where he was admitted to hospital. It was determined that he was no longer fit for service and he was invalided back to Canada in June 1918. Upon his return he spent several weeks at the Manitoba Military Hospital in Winnipeg where he received treatment for myalgia. He received his official discharge on 14 September 1918.

Two months later his youngest son, Charles Bebbington Holland died of influenza.

Tip bought property in Jaffray Mellick and farmed after the war.   His wife Bella died on 23 May 1932.

Tip died on 06 November 1947 in Kenora.   His Veteran Death Card lists his daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Buntin of Kenora, Ontario as his next of kin. He was buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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