Boulton, Thomas (No. 3105)

Boulton, Thomas

Rifleman

No. 3105, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Monday 19 August 1918 (aged 30)

Buried:

Terlincthun British Cemetery, France (Grave II. D. 5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Bolton.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Thomas Boulton was born in Chesterton, Staffordshire, lived in Holywood and enlisted in Stoke-on-Trent.

Thomas Boulton and Sarah Jane McKeown were married on 7 July 1916 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).  Thomas Boulton (aged 28) was a Corporal in the Royal Irish Rifles stationed in Palace Barracks, Holywood and he was a son of Hamblet Boulton, a brick worker.  Sarah Jane McKeown (aged 25) from Ballymenoch, Holywood was a daughter of Isaac McKeown, a farmer.

Thomas Boulton served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and on 14 August 1918 the Battalion came under heavy gas attack.

It was reported in the 31 August 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle that Rifleman Thomas Boulton (No. 3105) had died from gas poisoning and shell shock.

His widow, Sarah Jane Boulton, was living at Glenview, Ballymenoch, Holywood.

Rifleman Thomas Boulton (No. 3105) was buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery in France.