20 June 1917: Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM

Born at Darlingford, Manitoba on 25 April 1896.

Parents  Farris (a farmer of Irish origins and an MP in the House of Commons, Ottowa) and Elizabeth (née Stewart) living at Pembina, Lisag, Manitoba. They had eight children : five boys and three girls. Two of their children died in childhood. Three of their sons were killed serving during the First World War. 

Ferris Bolton MP (Ottawa House of Commons)

At 1901 Census age 4 Harold was living at home with his parents, four other siblings, their two servants and an uncle. Ten years on, age 14, the uncle, servants and his eldest brother are no longer in their home.

Harold was educated at Calf Mountain and Darlingford Public Schools. 

Darlingford, Manitoba 1908

In 1912 Harold gained employment with the Darlingford branch of the Bank of British North America.

On 6 November 1915 he enlisted (into the 90th Bn) in Winnipeg and proceeded to the UK on the SS Olympia via Halifax at the end of May 1916 arriving in England via Liverpool on 8 June 1916. He was promoted to Corporal on arrival. 

After being attached to the 8th Bn CEF, Harold went to France in early 1916. Later that year he was temporarily hospitalised with tonsillitis and then diptheria. 

For gallantry in action during the Arras offensive in April 1917, Harold was awarded the Military Medal (Gazette date 18 July 1917). Harold  was killed in action by shellfire in the vicinity of Acheville-Arleux before receiving his MM.

The Military Medal was awarded posthumously on 25 September 1917. 

Ecoivres Military Cemetery

Harold Bolton is now buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery.

186025 Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM, 8th Bn CEF.

20 June 1917

Research by David O'Mara

George Gilbert Bolton

Brother Gilbert George Bolton died 9 April 1917 on Vimy Ridge. 

Brother Elmer Leeds Bolton died 15 August 1917 on Hill 70. 

Sources: Canada, WW1 Attestation Papers; 1901 & 1911 Census of Canada, Stewart Family Tree, Ancestry. Wikipedia on Ferris Bolton MP