World War I Soldiers Remembered: Arthur Houston Holland

29 Jun

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Arthur Houston Holland was born May 22, 1891 in Fluvanna County. His parents were Bruce Albert Holland and Mollie Cleveland. He was a 26-year-old Pemberton farmer when he was drafted on September 19, 1917. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, of medium build, and had gray eyes and brown hair.

He was inducted into service on September 21, 1918 at Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. C, 317th Regiment, 80th Division. He left Newport News, Virginia on May 23, 1918 aboard the “Mongolia” and arrived in Brest, France on June 8, 1918. He first went into action on July 24, 1918 during the battle of the Somme. He also participated in the St. Mihiel Offensive, Verdun and the Battle of the Argonne Forest. He was wounded by shrapnel on October 4, 1918 during the Argonne Forest battle and was hospitalized until December of that year. This left him with a permanently weak left arm.

He arrived back in the United States in New York City aboard the “Goentoer” on January 25, 1919 and was officially discharged on February 16 of the same year from the rank of bugler. About his service, he wrote “it was a nerve wracking experience that I would not be without.”

He returned to farming in Pemberton and wrote on his War Record “my plan is to go to school this fall and by spring my arm will be strong enough to back to work.” He later married a girl named Emily and moved to West Virginia where he taught high school. He passed away on August 21, 1978.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at


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