Sergeant Edward James Gibson Holland

Royal Canadian Dragoons

7th November 1900
Edward James Gibson Holland VC

    On November 7, 1900, during the operations at Komati River, Sergeant Holland was associated with Lieutenants Cockburn and Turner in the splendid work done by those officers and their men on that day. When the Boers attacked, and nearly captured the two 12- pounder guns, it was greatly owing to the fine work done by Holland with a Colt-gun that the enemy were kept in check ; and later finding them so close upon him that there was no chance of his escaping with the gun and carriage, owing to his horse being too exhausted, with the utmost coolness and self-possession, he lifted the gun off the carriage, mounted the horse, and rode away with it under his arm.

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