Lt Col E F Bolton DSO

Lt Col E F BoltonCommanded 2/6th Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment from April 1940 to July 1942 and the 70th (YS) Battalion from June to October 1943.

Edward Frederick Bolton, known as 'Teddy' was born on 27th August 1897 and was commissioned in The Queen's Royal Regiment in November 1915. From October 1917 to June 1918 he served in Mesopotamia. After the 1914-18 War he served with the 1st Battalion until August 1924 when he was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force until May 1930. He then joined the 2nd Battalion in the UK and later the 1st Battalion in India. In 1939 he was Chief Instructor at an OCTO.

He then commanded the 2/6th Battalion from April 1940 to July 1942 and for his fine leadership of the Battalion in France in 1940 was awarded the DSO. In 1941 he was Mentioned in Despatches.

In July 1942 he was declared medically unfit to take the Battalion abroad again. He then held various staff appointments until June 1943 when he was appointed to command the 70th (YS) Battalion.

From October 1943 he held staff appointments including GSO I Home Forces in 1944-45.

He retired from the Army on 14th May 1948.

He died on 3rd March 1977.

For obituary see The Queen's Royal Surrey Regimental Association Newsletter No.2l May 1977 page 9 and the Journal of The Queen's Regiment Vol.ll No.1 June 1977 page 57.


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