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Lieutenant, 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Drowned 3rd August 1918.

Buried at Manchester Crematorium, UK.

Former student of commerce.


 

Reginald was born in 1888 at Eccles, the second son of John Bolton. He attended Monmouth Grammar School and joined Manchester University in 1905 to study commerce and graduated in 1909. He played several times as a half back in the Lancashire Rugby Union.

When war broke out Reginald was a partner in John Bolton & Co. He enlisted on 3rd September 1914 serving with the 16th Manchester Regiment before taking up a commission with the 7th Battalion in March 1915. He is believed to have risen to the rank of Captain, though the CWGC has him as a Lieutenant, and served on the Western Front. Early on the morning of 3rd August 1918 the hospital ship Warilda, an australian vessel, was torpedoed by German Submarine UC-49 in the English Channel while transporting wounded soldiers from La Havre to Southampton. Of 801 people on board 123 died including Reginald. He left a widow, Doris.