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James Walter Holly 303356 / 716256 Lieutenant   Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment) 25th Battalion “B” Company   April 9, 1896 (actual year of birth 1897) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia   October 18, 1915 / July 10, 1916  St. John NB / Truro NS  St. John NB 18 5 feet, 9½ inches fair light brown blue 3rd Canadian Garrison Artillery Single Banker  Church of England Regina M. Holly (Mother) St. John NB August 8, 1918 21 Wood Cemetery, Marceltave, Somme, France A. 1. Commemorated on Page 431 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 15 Not Commemorated on the Yarmouth Memorial   James Holly was the son of James Walter Holly (1868-1926) and Regina Maude (Murphy) Holly (1872-1928), of "Hollyholme," Rothesay, New Brunswick.  His mother Regina was born in Yarmouth and married James Walter Holly at Yarmouth in 1894.  James Walter Holly was born in Yarmouth in April 1897.  The family moved to New Brunswick in 1899. Completing  his education at Rothsay Collegiate Institute, James was employed by the Bank of British North America in 1913.  He enlisted in St. John on October 18, 1915 as a Gunner in Number 4 Battery, Canadian Siege Battery.  On July 10, 1916, he transferred to the 106th Battalion, Nova Scotia Rifles and went overseas as a Private in July, 1916. He received his commission as Lieutenant in September 1916 while training in England. He was assigned to the 25th Battalion and served in France until his death. While taking part with his battalion in an attack near Mercelcave about noon on On August 8, 1918, he was hit in the face by a machine gun bullet and killed instantly.  He was buried in the Wood Cemetery, Marceltave, Somme, France.
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