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Regimental number858
Place of birthKilrea, Co Londonderry, Ireland
OccupationEngine driver
Address20 Fenwick Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4.5"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinB.W. Bolton, Monaysallan, Kilrea, Co Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 1 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 3 August 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He assisted an officer in the capture of an ememy field gun with its detachment of one officer and seven other ranks. He charged the gun horseback, killed two gunners, and helped to unhook the team, which was just on the point of retiring. His prompt action, bold initiative, and courageous efforts were most successful, and his conduct is worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Discharge date20 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine, Syria

Reported to unit, Gallipoli, 4 June 1915. Sick to hospital, Gallipoli, 23 August 1915; admitted to HS 'Assaye', 27 August 1915 (diarrhoea); disembarked Alexandria, 30 August 1915, and admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital; discharged to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 8 September 1915; discharged to light duties, 26 September 1915; rejoined unit, Heliopolis, 2 January 1916.

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 6 January 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 26 January 1916; rejoined unit, 27 January 1916.

Sick to hospital, Kazar, 1 July 1917; admitted to 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance, Abasan el Kebir, 1 July 1917; transferred to 6th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, Marakeb, 1 January 1917; discharged to duty, 10 January 1917; rejoined unit, 127 January 1917.

Admitted to 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance, Kazar, 13 September 1917 (malaria); discharged to regiment, 6 October 1917.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Wounded in action, 3-4 May 1918 (gun shot wound, feet); admitted to 4th London Field Ambulance, 4-5 May 1918; transferred to 65th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 May 1918; to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 May 1918; to 47th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 23 May 1918 (right foot and left leg amputated); to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 6-7 June 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 7 June 1918 (dangerously ill); taken on dangerously ill list, 27 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoola', 3 August 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 4 September 1918; discharged, Melbourne, 20 April 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 December 1947
Place of burialGeelong East Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOLTON Sloan

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