Mr Thomas Holland was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 10 June 1883.
He was the son of Thomas Holland (b. 1854), a miller, and Mary Boyle (1858-1911); his father was from Rhodes, Lancashire and his mother from Co Sligo, Ireland and they had married in Liverpool in 1878.
He had nine known siblings: James (b. 1880), Ralph (b. 1881), John (b. 1885), William (b. 1886), Charles (b. 1890), George (b. 1892), Jane (b. 1897), Harold (b. 1899) and Henry (b. 1902).
Thomas first appears on the 1891 census living with his family at 13 Walton Lane, Kirkdale, Liverpool and would still be present there by the time of the 1901 census. 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 and his father was now described as a widowed dock labourer. Thomas was described as an unmarried ship's waiter.
Exactly when he went to sea is not certain but he first appears on crew records in January 1907 when serving as a waiter aboard Empress of Britain; only prior to that he had served aboard Virginian. He later served aboard Corsican and Carmania during 1908; still serving aboard Carmania as late as the second half of 1909, it was also indicated that he had worked for a period aboard Mauretania.
Holland 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 previous ship had been the Olympic and as a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Thomas Holland died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His father is believed to have died within a year of him. On 15 April 1914 the following memorial appeared in the Liverpool Echo:
HOLLAND--In affectionate remembrance of my dear chum, Tommy Holland, who was drowned in the Titanic disaster, April 15, 1912--Jimmie Wilkie, steamer Ultonia, Fiume.