John William Holliday was born 16th December 1896 at Cockfield to Matthew and Ada. In 1901 the family lived at Main Street, Cockfield. John was baptised 18th January 1897 and attended Cockfield C. of E. School then the County School, The family address was given as Burnt Houses. In 1911his mother re-married and his step father was William Turner. They lived at Model Terrace, Cockfield.
John William Holliday enlisted 29th March 1915 into the 6/DLI [regimental number 3601] then was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers . He entered France 5th July 1916, suffered wounds 15th December 1916 [GSW to left buttock] and was treated at Victoria Hospital, Keighley. He was discharged 1st November 1917, as permanently unfit. His military character was described as “Very good. A steady and sober man.” His address at that time was recorded as 19 Coronation Terrace. J.W. Holliday was awarded the Victory and British Medals 25th August 1920.