Herbert Bollington (1897–1930)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 2855 & 201211 1/5th Battalion

Photo courtesy Crich Heritage Partnership

Herbert Bollington WW1

The youngest of the three serving sons of Edward Bollington, Herbert was born at Crich but relocated to Heage as a child. At the time of enlistment, he was a collier at Pentrich Colliery. He served in France with the 1/5th Foresters. After demob, he married Florence Martin in 1921 March qtr (Belper reg district) they had two daughters and a son and lived at Nether Heage. His early death in 1930 was indirectly attributed to a broken spine received seven years earlier in an accident at Pentrich Colliery. After Herbert's death in 1930 his wife married Bernard Gee.

Photo of Herbert Bollington and Jack Cauldwell

Herbert Bollington seated, his friend Jack Cauldwell standing.

Medal Index Record
Corporal Herbert Bollington Notts & Derbys 3855 and 201211.
Awarded the Victory and British War medals
On the original Roll of Honour Herbert Bollington is listed as a Private.

Newspaper Report
He was in attendance at his brother John Edward's marriage to Mary Spooner.

Derbyshire Courier 7 August 1915
At the Parish Church, Heage on Saturday, the wedding took place of Pte. Edward Bollington, Sherwood Foresters , eldest son of Mr and Mrs Edward Bollington, Nether Heage, and Miss Mary Spooner, edest daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas Spooner, Derby.
The bride who was given away by Mr Thomas Harrison, was dressed in khaki silk trimmed with cream insertion and had a hat to match. She was attended by three bridesmaids, Miss Rhoda Street, in blue with white silk hat; Miss Violet Sift, cousin of the bride, in white silk; and Miss Margaret Bollington, sister of the bridegroom, who had a white needlework dress. Mr Joseph Taylor (Whittington) uncle of the bridegroom, acted as groomsman.
Pte Herbt. Bollington, Notts. and Derby was in attendance. The bridgroom returned to Aldershot on Sunday night and is expecting to go to the front shortly.
Mr and Mrs G. Bollington [sic] have three sons in the Sherwood Foresters, one being in the trenches. All three have volunteered since the war commenced .

Herbert Bollington's brothers Stephen Bollington and John Bollington are also on the Roll of Honour; as is his father Edward Bollington.


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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