Edward Bollington (1866–1931)

Sapper

Royal Engineers 112795 175 Tunnelling Coy
3rd Prov Coy

Biography
Born at Crich, Edward was the oldest of the servicemen on the Roll, enlisting in Sept 1915, aged forty-nine. He married Amy Tuner in 1890 (recorded as marrying Edward Bolliton) and they had nine children, later settling at Heage. Three sons John Edward, Herbert and Stephen, served in the forces during WW1. As a collier, Edward served in France with the 175th Tunnelling Company. He was discharged in Feb 1916 as no longer fit for active service due to acute deafness. After his discharge, he returned to Heage.

Casualty Form & Discharge
Edward's Casualty Form gave his qualification as Tunneller's Mate 2/2. He embarked on 13 September 1915.
15 Nov 1915 Admitted to No 14 General Hospital with severe Otis Media then transferred to Base at Boulogne.
30 Nov 1915 Classified unfit and recommended for discharge.
04 Dec 1915 Admitted to No 11 General Hospital with chronic deafness.

Record dated 28 February 1916 gave his age as 49 years and 5 months, a collier, height 5ft 9in, with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and grey eyes. The address given for him was Spanker Lane, Heage. He was discharged under Paragraph 392 as no longer fit for War Service. He had a good military character and his conduct had been satisfactory.

Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory, British War and the 15 Star medals; also the Silver War Badge.
Entered France 14 August 1915

Silver War Badge
112795 Sapper Bollington E., 3rd Prov. Co., badge 236,995; enlisted 01.09.15 discharged 25.02.16 with sickness after serving overseas.

Edward's sons John Bollington, Stephen Bollington and Herbert Bollington are also on the Roll of Honour.

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Lower Harsay, Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edward Bollington Head 35 Coal miner hewer Crich
Amy Bollington wife 29   Barlow
John E Bollington son 8   Crich
Stephen Bollington son 7   Crich
Herbert Bollington son 3   Crich
Arthur Bollington son 1   Crich

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1911: Bakers Hill, Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edward Bollington Head 44 Coal miner hewer Crich
Amy Bollington wife 40   Barlow
John Edward Bollington son 18 Coal miner repairer Crich
Steven Bollington son 17 Coal miner trammer Crich
Herbert Bollington son 13 Coal miner pony driver Crich
Arthur Bollington son 12 School Hartsay
Elizabeth Bollington daughter 10 School Hartsay
Margaret Bollington daughter 6 School Heage
Earnest Bollington son 4 School Heage
Amy Bollington daughter 1   Heage

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