Alfred Bollington (Martin)

Corporal

Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 200683 2/5th Battalion

Photos courtesy Reginald Bollington

Alfred Bollington in WW1

Notes
Although listed as Private on the original Roll his Medal Record and photo above shows him as Corporal. He enlisted at the same time as William Thomas Ellis Curzon, John Thomas Price Walker, Walter Mellors and Jack Cauldwell

His parents were Sarah Bollington and William Martin who married in 1913 after having at least nine children. The children were also known by their father’s name – Martin. Alfred was born in 1896 at Heage; a limestone quarryman before he joined the Army.

After the war he was involved with the St John's Ambulance Brigade.

Alfred Bollington in St John's Ambulance Brigade

 

Medal Index
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Newspaper Reports

Belper News
19 October 1917
Corporal Alfred Martin, Trench Mortar Battery, son of Mr Wm Martin, Coddington, Crich, has been wounded in the chest by shrapnel, and is now in hospital at Chelsford. Corporal Martin enlisted n August 1914, and was wounded in Ireland during the rebellion. In June last he was also wounded in France and only left hospital at the end of August. He is 22 years of age and formerly worked at Wingfield Manor Colliery.

Derbyshire Courier
12 October 1918
From a base hospital in France, Private Nelson Martin has written to his father Mr William Martin, Sun Lane, Crich, informing him that he had been wounded in the knee. His brother Cpl Alfred Martin, has just recovered from Illness after a spell in hospital.

Derbyshire Courier
8 March 1919
Before leaving France, Cpl Alfred Bollington, of Sun Lane, Crich, who has recently received his discharge from the Army, was the recipient of a certificate in recognition of his bravery. The certificate presented and signed by the Major-General commanding the 34th Division, is as follows: – "to Cpl Alfred Bollington, 102 L.T.M. Battery. Your brigadier has reported that on the fourth of September, 1918 at Kemmel, you displayed conspicuous courage and gallantry in firing your trench mortar under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, thus enabling the infantry to advance." Cpl Bollington is one of several brothers who have served during the war, his service extending to four years and three months. Driver Arthur Crowder is another Crich soldier who has received a similar distinction for bravery in the field.

Note: the L.T.M. Battery was the Light Trench Mortar Batter. These batteries were all manned by infantry men taken from the various regiments in whose area they were sited. September 1918 is of course when the British re-took Kemmel from the Germans.

1918 Voters List
Alfred M Bollington, Sandy lane, absent on military service.

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William H Martin Head 38 Coal miner hewer Crich
Sarah Martin wife 43   Crich
Hannah Martin daughter 15   Crich
Emma Martin daughter 8   Crich
Reynold Martin son 6   Chesterfield
Alfred Martin son 5   Crich
Nelson Martin son 1   Heage

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1911: Longway Bank, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Henry Martin Head 49 Delver limestone quarry Crich
Sarah Bollington wife/ servant 52 Housekeeper domestic Crich
Emma Elizabeth Martin daughter 18 Bitter hosiery manufacturer Crich
Alfred Martin son 15 Delver limestone quarry Crich
Nelson Martin son 11 School Heage
Lucy Martin daughter 9   Heage
Robert Martin son 6   Heage

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