Nelson Bollington (Martin) (1899–1967)


Seaforth Highlanders S/25227

Photo of Nelson Bollington

Nelson Bollington's parents were Sarah Bollington and William Martin who married in 1913 after having at least nine children. The children were also known as Martin, their father’s name.

The Alderwasley School Records show Nelson Bollington Martin, father William, living at Longway Bank. Nelson was born 21/9/1899 and entered school 1910 left 1913.

1918 Voters List
Nelson Martin Bollington, Sandy Lane absent on military service.

Nelson would have been just fifteen when posing for the photograph below. Was this later discovered and he was not accepted into the Foresters? He enrolled later into the Seaforth Highlanders, when only sixtee,n with his friend John Berresford (also aged sixteen). They had consecutive regimental numbers. His friend John was killed aged seventeen.

Medal Index Roll
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Newspaper report

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.

Photograph Crich Heritage Partnership

Photographs of volunteers to the Sherwood Foresters in Crich 1914

Ian P. Macdonald; William Burr; William Curzon; John Walker; Nelson Martin (Bollington);
Jack Kneebone; William Frost; Walter (Wammy) Mellors; Jack Cauldwell;
Jack Porter; George Perry; Noble Tomlinson

Nelson's brothers Alfred Bollington and William Bollington are also on the Roll of Honour.

1939 Register: Recreation Road, Blackwell
Nelson Bollington b.21 September 1899; LMS locomotion fireman
Annie C Bollington b.16 February 1902

Nelson Bollington married Annie C Kettle in 1926 December qtr (Mansfield reg district)


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

RG13 piece 3230 folio 99 page 19

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

RG14PN21005 RG78PN1253 RD436 SD6 ED3 SN173