Thomas Holland was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 10 June 1883. He was the son of Thomas Holland (b. 1854) and Mary Boyle (1858-1911). His father was from Rhodes, Lancashire and his mother from Co Sligo, Ireland and they had married in 1878 in Liverpool.
Thomas first appears on the 1891 census living at 13 Walton Lane, Kirkdale, Liverpool with his parents and siblings: James (b. 1880), Ralph (b. 1881), John (b. 1885), William (b. 1886) and Charles (b. 1890). His father is described as a miller's labourer. The family are at the same address by the time of the 1901 census but have welcomed more children: George (b. 1892), Jane (b. 1897) and Harold (b. 1899). Another child, Henry, would be born in 1902.
On the 1911 census Thomas and his family are living at 23 Lusitania Road, Walton, Liverpool (the home of his brother Ralph). His mother had only recently passed away. His father was now described as a widowed dock labourer. Thomas was described as a ship's waiter and unmarried.
Thomas was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 38 Walton Village, Liverpool. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Holland died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His father is believed to have died within a year of him.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK