World War I Soldiers Remembered: William Bryan Holland

6 Jul
William Bryan Holland gallery

William Bryan Holland. Photograph courtesy of Sharon Kelley.

William Bryan Holland was born April 1, 1896 in Goochland. He was a 21 year-old saw mill hand when he was drafted on May 27, 1918. His father was William Newton Holland and his mother was Florence Gay Childress. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had blue eyes and light brown hair.

He was inducted into service on June 12, 1918 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia. Like many soldiers after the war, he did not fill out a War Record. According to his granddaughter, he was stationed stateside, building ships for the war effort.

After the war, he married Lena Rivers Siddons and started a family. He passed away on March 15, 1990 and is buried in the Ragland Memorial Baptist Church cemetery in Sandy Hook.

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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