M-285173 Pte Edgar BOLTON Army Service Corps.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

British War Medal and Victory Medal

Edgar BOLTON was born in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1898. The 1901 census shows him residing at Old mill, Monk Bretton, Barnsley with his parents John Edward William BOLTON, Amelia Bolton and his sister Edith BOLTON.

In 1911 the census shows him residing at The Police Station, 14 Commerce Street, Chapeltown, Sheffield with the same family members but with the addition of another sister Dorris BOLTON.

Edgar took up employment with Newton Chambers and Co Ltd, Thorncliffe, Chapeltown as a Fitter Turner and studied at the Lounds Green Technical School in the field of general engineering. He successfully completed courses in mathematics, machine drawing, mechanics/physics and English.

Edgars Father John Edward William BOLTON was the Chapeltown Police Sergeant.

At the age of 18yrs Edgar enlisted into the army on the 5th June 1916 at Sheffield. His pre-existing skills in engineering earmarked him for a career with the Mechanical Transport arm of the Army Service Corps and he was assigned a position at Grove Park, Lee, London on 9th January 1917. On the 31st January 1917 he was awarded the certificate of proficiency and graded ‘ LEARNER’ in the trade of ‘TURNER’.

On the 3rd July 1918 Edgar embarked Troopship Kaisar-I-Hind setting sail for Egypt, landing at Alexandria 17th July 1918.

HMTS Kaisar-I-Hind

HMTS Kaisar-I-Hind

The following day he arrived at the RAF base depot at Aboukir and with 3rd Cadet Wing began a his training courses. On 26th September 1918 he succumbed to Dysentery and was admitted to hospital, he was discharged back to 3rd Cadet Wing on 19th October 1918. On 16th November 1918 he transferred to the school of Aeronautics and then on 4th January 1919 to the school of armaments. On 28th March 1919 he embarked at Port Said back to England for demobilisation. On the 3rd May 1919 he was transferred to the reserve.

Edgar must have wished to make use of his military training as he then applied for a commission. His WW1 service records show a number of character references for him from his Technical School Headmaster, Capt Noel F CRAWSHAW, local vicar W. SURTEES and the Managing Director of Newton Chambers and Co Ltd.