Arthur Holland (British Army officer)

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Sir Arthur Holland
Lieut-general Sir Arthur Edward Aveling Holland, Cb, Mvo, Dso Art.IWMART1809.jpg
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
Born 13 April 1862
Died 7 December 1927 (aged 65)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1880–1920
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
1st Division
I Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Edward Aveling Holland KCB KCMG DSO MVO (13 April 1862 – 7 December 1927) was a British Army officer and Conservative and Unionist politician.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Major-General Butcher, Butcher changed his surname to Holland in 1910.[1] Holland was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1880.[2] He served in the Second Boer War and then became Assistant Military Secretary to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta in 1903 before holding a similar role at the War Office from 1910.[2] In 1912 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[2] He also served in World War I becoming Commander Royal Artillery for 8th Division in which capacity he took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915.[1] In July 1915 he became Commander Royal Artillery for VII Corps and in September 1915 he was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st Division.[1] He continued his war service as Commander Royal Artillery for 3rd Army from June 1916 and as General Officer Commanding I Corps from February 1917 before retiring in 1920.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

He was Member of Parliament for Northampton from 1924 until his death in 1927.[2] The consequent by-election for his seat was won by the Labour candidate Cecil Malone.


Arthur Holland married Mary Kate Duval; they had one daughter.[1] He died in 1927 and was interred in Greenwich Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Obituary: General Sir Arthur Holland MP The Times, 8 December 1927
  2. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "Greenwich Cemetery". London Gardens Online. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Post held by a Colonel
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Woolwich
Succeeded by
William Cleeve
Preceded by
Richard Haking
General Officer Commanding the 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Peter Strickland
Preceded by
Hubert Gough
GOC I Corps
February 1917 – November 1918
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Margaret Bondfield
Member of Parliament for Northampton
Succeeded by
Cecil Malone