Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
An interesting campaign group of six to Warrant Officer 2nd Class B. J. Holland, Army Physical Training Corps, late Essex Regiment
India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1930-31 (6007362 Boy B. Holland, Essex R.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, these last four impressed 'Boots-style'; Army L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R. (6007362 W.O. Cl.2 B. J. Holland, A.P.T.C.), mounted as worn, light contact marks, nearly very fine (6)
Brimley John Holland was born on 28 March 1913 in Woolwich, and enlisted into the Essex Regiment at Warley aged 14 years and nine months and stood at just 5 foot, 3 inches tall. Steadily promoted and in possession of a Second Class educational certificate, he was posted to India in 1930 where he focussed upon first aid duties. Returning to the U.K. following further service in Egypt and the Sudan, he married Ethel Rose Thirkettle and was posted to Aldershot at the outbreak of the Second World War as a qualified First Class instructor of the Army Physical Training Corps. His qualification for the Atlantic Star is likely explained by his service upon a number of troop ships sailing from Glasgow and Liverpool, training the men and maintaining fitness. He left the army in December 1945 and returned home to Shoeburyness: sold with copied service records.
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