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Edward Albert Boulton - 36 Btn RFA - 26816


Kevin Tobin

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I am trying to help a friend research the above man.

We have found two MIC's for him but there is no Service/Pension record left, following the blitz.

He was entitled to the clasp and roses for the 14 star, but looking at the LLT the 36th Battalion did not arrive until November 1914 and did not take part in any actions until 1915.

I am guessing that he would have been a pre-war regular to have been sent so soon?

Any advice/ help would be gratefully recieved.

Thanks

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He arrived in France on 16 Aug 1914 according to the medal card so this would tally with him being a pre-war regular.

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There is no such unit as the 36th Battalion, RFA. It is either 36th Battery, RFA or 36th Brigade, RFA. 36th Brigade, RFA (2nd Division) embarked for France and Flanders on 17 August 1914. 36th Battery, RFA served with 33rd Brigade, RFA (8th Division) and embarked for France and Flanders on 6 November 1914. Regards, Dick Flory

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Thank you for that.

The MIC say 36/RFA? So is that Brigade or Battery?

Thanks

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Edward Boulton (name also appears as Bolton) was indeed a regular soldier (possibly a recalled Reservist or Special Reservist) in 36th Brigade RFA and appear on their 1914 Star medal roll - I have been unable to find out which battery he served in - that would be either 15th, 48th or 71st battery (or the Ammunition Column). The 1911 census does not record him by name being with the Brigade, as two batteries are listed only by initial (there are several E. B's listed).. but he could have been.

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Thank you very much for your help.

He was apparently form Ynysddu near Newport and had been in Ireland if that helps any?

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36th Bde was in Ireland prewar up till 1911 - at Athlone... in Sheffield by 1912. Do you have a date of birth for him - as it might indicate if one of the E. B.s listed in the 1911 census might be he (their ages are given + previous employment + religion).

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His year of birth was 1883. He was originally miner and went on to be a docker and labourer.

The Irish connection works as he married an Irish Girl - Kate Donovan - around 1908.

He had 2 children - Cicely & Edward - 1910 & 1908 respectively - born in Ynysddu - Edward was a miner at this time.

Thanks for the help so far.

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