George Henry Bollington (1892–1962)


Royal Field Artillery 81132 115 Howitzer Battery

Photos courtesy Terry Daniel

Photo of George Bollington 1923

Crich F.C. 1912-13

George was born at Crich and was raised by his uncle and aunt. He was a keen footballer; prior to WW1 he played for Crich F.C. and later for Whatstandwell F.C. He enlisted in Sept 1914, whilst employed as a quarryman and served in both France and Salonika. He arrived home to Crich in May 1919 after more than three years without leave. After demob, he moved to Matlock, married Elizabeth Harrison in June qtr 1920 (Bakewell reg district) and had a daughter and three sons.

Photo of Crich Town Football Club 1912

Back row: W. R. Clayton, S. Beresford, F. Dawes, S. Holmes, T. Bowmer, J. Bowmer, W. Smith, S. Bowmer, J. Buckley, J. Wetton
Middle: V. Bowmer, P.S. Smith, D.F. Hawkes (Chairman), J. Leafe (Captain), G.S. Housley (Hon.Sec), J. Bowmer, G. Bollington
Front: H. Harrison, F. H. Brumwell, J.C. Harshorne, H.Holmes

After the war George Bollington played for Whatstandwell F.C. and was part of their medal winning team of 1922–23.

Whatstandwell Football Team of 1923

Army Service Record
George Henry Bollington enlisted at Ripley Drill Hall on 17 September 1914 (although elsewhere on his records it states he enlisted at Newcastle under Lyme). He was a quarryman, aged 22 years 9 months, living at North View Crich. His height was 5ft 5½in and weight 113lb. He had blue eyes, brown hair with a fresh complexion. George had a burn scar behind his right shoulder and a mole over his right kidney. His religion was given as C of E and next-of-kin as Mary Ellen of 2 North View, Crich (mother).
The record showed he signed for the Sherwood Foresters but this was deleted and R.F.A added.
His service record shows:
Home 17/9/14 to 18/9/15
France 19/9/15 to 30/11/15
Mediterranean 1/12/15 to 16/4/19
En route from Salonika 17/4/19 to 29/4/19
Home 30/4/19 to 31/9/20
Dispersed 2 May 1919
Demobbed 30 May 1919
Served 5 years 195 days
His record confirmed his medal entitlement of 1914-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

In the record file there is a letter from his mother asking for details of his whereabouts:

6 November 1918
Mrs R Heappey, 2 North View, Crich, Nr Matlock
Dear Sir,
Could you kindly give me any information of my son who is in Salonika it is 8 weeks since I heard from him any news would be greatfully received
Driver Geo H Bollington, 81132 R F A, D115 Howitzer Battery, Med Expdy Force

Medal Index Record
His Medal Card shows him to have been awarded the Victory, British and 1914-15 Star Medals. He entered France on 20 September 1915.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier 13 August 1913
That nothing succeeds like success is being verified by the Town club who are launching out in the fields hitherto untrodden. This season sees the Premier team competing in the preliminary stages of the English Cup Competition and the match at Crich is, when the homesters oppose Gresley Colliery in the first round, will arouse great enthusiasm. Although losing the services of the speedy right winger Vernon Bowmer, who was signed for Chesterfield Town, the team can still claim the title of the "Bowmer" team. As John, in goal, Thomas and the old warhorse Sam at the back, with Ernest and John at halfback will still be prominent figures in the eleven. Although last season's players are P. S. Smith, Walter Smith, Jos. Leafe (who is again to be skipper), Francis Brumwell (vice captain), G. Bollington, F. Dawes and Henry Holmes. New players include W. Hunt (South Wingfield) Jas. Holmes (late Ripley Town), and A. Rawlings (Derby), while several more are on view. The officials are: President, Mr Maurice Deacon; committee Messrs. D.P. Hawkes (chairman), S.Holmes, Hy Wardle, H.Taylor, J. Bingham, J. Whetton, G. Brumwell, H. Burrows, J. Buckley, S. Beresford, A. Nash, W. R. Clayton and P. S.Smith. Mr Geo. Howsley, who ably carried out the secretarial duties last season, again fulfilled the office. The headquarters are at the Cliff Inn and the ground which has been strongly fenced is the Cliff Lane Field the club colours are black and white.
The first home match is on September 6th when Hanging Bridge are visitors. Mr Lot Heappey has been appointed groundsmen. The secretary states that in numerous instances the subscriptions have been doubled from last year and the outlook bespeaks a prosperous season.

Derbyshire Courier
10 May 1919
Amongst soldiers who have returned to Crich during the week is Driver George Bollington, of North View. He enlisted in the early stages of the war and has not been on leave for over three and a half years. He has been serving in Salonika.


1901: Crich Market Place

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bollington Head 39 Limestone getter Fritchley
Mary Bollington wife 43   Crich
Rose Bollington niece 17 Factory hand, cotton spinner Crich
Olive Bollington niece 13 Odd jobs Crich
George Bollington nephew 9   Crich

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1911: North View, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Heappey Head 32 Limestone quarryman Wolverhampton
Mary Heappey wife 42   Crich
Olive Bollington step daughter 23 Spinner wool waste Crich
George Bollington step son 19 Limestone quarryman Crich
Violet Bollington step daughter 12 School Crich
Sarah Bollington step daughter 4 School Crich
Robert Heappey son 8   Crich
Harry Heappey son 5   Crich
Elsie Heappey daughter 7   Crich
Maurice Heappey son 9 mo   Crich
William Bollington father in law (wdwr) 74 retired limestone quarryman Crich

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1918 Voters List
George Bollington, North View, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Matlock, Church Street
George H Bollington b.9 January 1892; road stone quarries, heavy work
Elizabeth Bollington b.23 September 1894
Marion Hartley (Bollington) b.25 January 1922; folder hosiery mill
Leslie G Bollington b.10 July 1923; colour works labourer, heavy work
Harold C Bollington b.11 June 1925; wood machinist
Derek Bollington b.9 January 1929; school