Cecil was born in 1898 in Leeds. In 1911 he was at school in Radcliffe on Trent and living on Lorne Grove with father Joe, clerk of works, County Council, mother Sarah and his siblings. He was killed in action March 21st 1918 and is remembered on Pozieres Memorial, Panel 76 and 77, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.
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Cecil sailed to Melbourne, Australia from London Tilbury on the ship ‘Port Macquarie’ in March 1914. His occupation was given on the passenger list as farm student. According to a letter written by his mother to the Officer in Charge, Royal Irish Fusiliers, dated 21.10.20, Cecil embarked on the transport ‘Hororata’ which left Australia on 27th Sept 1915, to enlist in England. He was transferred from the West Yorkshire Regiment to the Royal Irish Fusiliers before embarking for France. He was later missing in action during an attack at Seracourt involving the Royal Irish Fusiliers, 21st March 1918. Cecil’s service records include letters from his mother Sarah appealing to the Australian Red Cross and to the Officer in Charge of the Royal Irish Barracks in the hope of finding her missing son.
Letter confirming Cecil Bolton’s death with copy of original handwritten letter below.
The following letter was sent to Mrs Bolton from the Australian Red Cross on 17th April 1919.
Re – 27577 Pte. C.A.R. Bolton Royal Irish Fusiliers
Our London Agents have now forwarded us the following report in regard to the above named soldier who was reported missing on 21st March 1918. The Earl of Lucan Red Cross Society wrote to our Agents as follows:
We regret to say that in spite of our continued enquiries we have not yet been able to obtain any definite news of Pte Bolton. The only report which we have received is the following from Pte P. Kelly 9871, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, A Co., Garrison Buffet, Dublin Barracks, which we fear is quite indefinite. He states: “I saw Pte Bolton wounded in the hand by shrapnel, about 11 am on 21st March 1918. He was taken back to the Dressing Station at Serracourt which was captured about 4 pm. I did not see him again. He was 5ft4in, fair, clean shaven”.
Should we at a later date receive further information, same will be forwarded to you.