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Walter BOLTON

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Surname: BOLTON

Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Long Preston, Yorkshire

Service No: 31200

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 2nd (Rawalpindi) Indian Division

Age: 36

Date of Death: 1918-11-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Face 16.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: MADRAS 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, CHENNAI

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: LONG PRESTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Walter Bolton was the son of William and Mary Ann Bolton, formerly Stone, née Marsden. William was born at Wheldrake, Yorkshire and Mary at Baslow, Derbyshire.

1891 Long Preston, Yorkshire Census: Main Road - Walter Bolton, aged 8 years, born Long Preston, son of William and Mary Ann Bolton.

1901 Long Preston, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - Walter Bolton, aged 18 years, born Long Preston, son of William and Mary A. Bolton.

1911 Long Preston, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - Walter Bolton, aged 28 years, born Long Preston, son of William and Mary Bolton.

In the photograph Walter is wearing the hat and cap badge of the 29th (Reserve) Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish).

The 1st Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) remained in India throughout the war.

The British Army Service Record for Walter Bolton exists but may be incomplete.

Although Walter is commemorated on the Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, he is buried in Jhajha Cemetery (Grave 42.), India.

See also: 'Long Preston and the Great War' by Long Preston Heritage Group (2015).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BOLLER [BOLTON], Lance Corporal Walter, [Long Preston], West Riding Regiment, died from pneumonia Nov. 23, 1918.

BOLTON, Lance Corporal Walter, West Riding Regiment, died from pneumonia, India, Nov. 23, 1918.

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Private Walter BOLTON

Private Walter BOLTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd (Rawalpindi) Indian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd (Rawalpindi) Indian Division

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Surname: BOLTON

Forename(s): Walter

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 31200

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 36

Awards:

Died Date: 23/11/1918

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Bolton.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1920

BOLTON Walter of Main-street Long Preston Yorkshire lance-corporal 1st Duke of Wellington's West Riding regiment died 23 November 1918 at Jha Jha Bengal India Administration London 1 June to Agnes Russell (wife of John Edward Russell). Effects £430 7s. 9d.

BOLTON William of Main-street Long Preston Yorkshire died 16 April 1919 Administration London 23 February to Agnes Russell (wife of John Edward Russell). Effects £572 5s. 11d.

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20 December 1918

LONG PRESTON - Died in Hospital

Still another Long Preston soldier has given his life for his country. The aged parents of Lance Corporal Walter Bolton have received information from Headquarters, West Riding Regiment, that their son died in hospital at Gharial, in the Monghyr district of Bengal, from double pneumonia on the 23rd November. Corporal Bolton joined the Army in June 1916, and went to India at Easter 1917. He was in charge of 1,000 coolies working in the Mahesri mica mines. During the time he had been in India he had had various experiences. In one of his letters he related how he saw a tiger come out of a jungle and kill a cow, which it then dragged some distance and partly devoured. A stage was put up and Bolton and another officer kept watch that night. As expected the beast came again to its prey, passing very close to the watchers. They got in one shot but missed the tiger, which disappeared like a flash. The mica mine was 18 miles from a P.O. and station at Jha Jha, the road, or rather track, being most of the way through the jungle. The coolies live in mud huts, work for 5d. a day, eat chiefly homegrown rice, and each man has three or four wives. The dead soldier was in civilian life a butcher and well-known in Long Preston and neighbourhood.

27 December 1918

LONG PRESTON

The late Lance Corporal Walter Bolton was remembered in a memorial service at the Parish Church on Sunday night. The sermon was preached by Rev. R. Shipman, C.F., who said it was very sad to him as vicar to think that Walter Bolton would never again assist in ringing those bells which called them to worship, and that he would never again sit in his place in the choir in which he helped to lead the worship of the Church. The Dead March in 'Saul' was played on the organ.

21 November 1919

BOLTON - In being memory of Lce.-Cpl. Walter Bolton who died at Jha Jha, Bengal, India, Nov. 23rd, 1918.

To us, the loss, the emptiness, the pain,
But unto him, all high eternal gain.

From all the Family and Mollie, Long Preston.

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27 December 1918

Long Preston Soldier's Death

EXPERIENCES IN INDIA

Still another Long Preston soldier has given his life for his country, the aged parents of Lance-Corpl. Walter Bolton have received information from headquarters, W.R. Regt., that their son died in hospital at Gharial in the Moughyr district of Bengal, from double pneumonia on the 23rd November. Corpl. Bolton joined the army in June, 1916, and went to India at Easter, 1917. He was in charge of 1,000 coolies, working in the Mahesri Mica Mines. During the time he has been in India he has had various experiences. In one of his letters he related how he saw a tiger come out of the jungle and kill a cow which it then dragged some distance and partly devoured. A stage was put up and Bolton and another officer kept watch at night; as expected the beast come again to its prey, passing very close to the watchers, they got in one shot but missed the tiger, which disappeared like a flash. The Mica Mine was 18 miles from a P.O. and station at Jha Jha, the road or rather track being most of the way through the jungle. The coolies live in mud huts, work for 5d. a day, live chiefly on home grown rice and each man has 3 or 4 wives. The dead soldier was in civil life a butcher and well-known in Long Preston and neighbourhood.

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