Stephen Bollington (1894–1970)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 2396
1/5th Battalion

Photos courtesy Paul Sheldon

Stephen Bollingtonin WW1

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

Photograph of Crich Sherwood Foresters in 1914

Crich Sherwood Foresters in 1914.
It is believed that brothers Herbert and Stephen Bollington (and possibly John) are amongst this group.

[Notes and photos courtesy Paul Sheldon]
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.

Dulmen PoW camp WW1

Dulman PoW Camp WW1

Dulmen Camp in WW1

Stephen Bolington PoW card

Stephen Bollington's Red Cross PoW card
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Stephen Bollington in WW1

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.

Stephen's brothers Herbert 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   wife 29   Barlow
John E   son 8   Crich
Stephen   son 7   Crich
Herbert   son 3   Crich
Arthur   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   wife 40   Barlow
John Edward   son 18 Coal miner repairer Crich
Steven   son 17 Coal miner trammer Crich
Herbert   son 13 Coal miner pony driver Crich
Arthur   son 12 School Hartsay
Elizabeth   daughter 10 School Hartsay
Margaret   daughter 6 School Heage
Earnest   son 4 School Heage
Amy   daughter 1   Heage

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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
three closed records