During the First World War he was 27 years old, and a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, Prince of Wales"s Leinster Regiment, British Army, attached to 7th Battalion. During a heavy engagement, Lieutenant Holland, not content with bombing hostile dug-outs, fearlessly led his troops through our own artillery barrage and cleared a great part of the village in front. He started out with 26 troops and finished with only five after capturing some 50 prisoners.
By this gallant action he undoubtedly broke the spirit of the enemy and saved many casualties.
He died in Hobart, Tasmania on 27 February 1975. Medical Corps was killed in action near Imphal, Burma in June 1944 while serving in the 4th battalion 5th Mahratta Light Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army.
In turn Norman Holland had six children with Kay Holland (née Smith) and settled in Tasmania originally after migration from England and then eventually in Queensland.