|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||2396
Photos courtesy Paul Sheldon
A son of Edward Bollington and brother of Herbert and John Edward Bollington from the Roll, Crich-born Stephen lived at Heage and was a collier. Entering France in March 1915, he was taken as a PoW in July 1917 at Lens, unwounded, and was interned at a camp at Dülmen. Returning to Heage, he married Margaret A.E. Brown in 1920 September qtr (Belper reg district) and had five children.
Photo courtesy Crich Heritage Partnership
Stephen was in the second battalion Sherwood Foresters, wounded and captured on 1st July 1917 at Lens and used as forced labour in a German flint mine. He was repatriated with a German glass eye which he wore for the reset of his life and awarded a small war pension for the injury. His Red Cross PoW card gives his date of birth as 14 February 1894 and states he was unwounded at Dulmen PoW Camp, Westphalia, which is in the far west of Germany.
Medal Index Record
He served in France from 2 March 1915 and was discharged 11 May 1919. Awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals.
Silver War Badge
The Silver War Badge records show 200498, Pte. Stephen Bollington, B/253957, enlisted 4/9/14 discharged 11/5/19 aged 25, served overseas.
1901: Lower Harsay, Heage
|Edward||Bollington||Head||35||Coal miner hewer||Crich|
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1911: Bakers Hill, Heage
|Edward||Bollington||Head||44||Coal miner hewer||Crich|
|John Edward||son||18||Coal miner repairer||Crich|
|Steven||son||17||Coal miner trammer||Crich|
|Herbert||son||13||Coal miner pony driver||Crich|
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1939 Register: Green Man, Ripley UD
Stephen Bollington b.14 February 1894; general labourer
Margaret Bollington b.30 June 1900
Raymond Bollington b.14 September 1920
Sheila A Sheldon (Bollington) b.20 March 1938
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