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Herbert Thomas BOLT

Regimental number3009
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOrpington Street, Bexley, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 8.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Bolt, Orpington Street, Bexley, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 September 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row B, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Mary BOLT: Wife: Jennie Margaret BOLT, 144 Wilson Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 55th Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 31 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916; subsequently reported died whilst a prisoner of war in Germany, 20 July 1916. German Army Headquarters reported, 2 August 1916, 'Bolt. H.T. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen' [fell in the Fromelles area on 19 July].

Statement, Red Cross File No 440705, 3098 Pte F. JOHNSTON, 55th Bn (patient, No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick), 3 April 1917: 'On the morning of 20.7.16, at about 5 a.m., at Fleurbaix, in the communication trench near the first line of German trenches as we were retiring fom the 3rd lineof German trenches. He and I were very close to one another,when we were attacked by the Germans. He got more than six of them with his bayonet and the butt of his rifle, when he got a bullet through the head. He fell instantly, being killed outright.' (Note on file from Sydney Bureau: 'A careful witness'.)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsWife's subsequent addresses: 31 Wells Street, Newtown; 144 Wilson Street, Newtown, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOLT Herbert Thomas
Red Cross File No 440705

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