PRIVATE HORACE DOLTON

Died 23rd April 1917
No. 33621 of the Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Born: Woburn
Resided: Woburn Sands
Enlisted: Early January, 1916 at Bedford

Horace's parents were Andrew and Elizabeth. Possibly formerly in the Bedfordshire Yeomanry, no. 2459.

The 1st Bedfords had arrived at Vimy Ridge on April 13th. An attack began at 4.45am on 23rd April, when the regiment advanced behind a creeping barrage from their own guns, as the Battalion assaulted La Coulotte during the Battle of Arras. However the barbed wire was left intact, and progress was also slowed by concrete emplacements and heavy machine gun fire. After 10 hours the attack was called off. In all, 11 officers and 320 other ranks were killed in this action.

He appears on the Woburn Sands Memorial, the Methodist Memorial, and is listed on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He is also mentioned on his mothers memorial stone in St. Michaels churchyard, (see below) but this mistakenly records the year as 1916. His army service papers have not survived.

A possible brother, 2nd Corp.. G..H. Dolton, of the Royal Engineers survived the war, and lived in Vicarage Street.


Some details kindly provided by Steve Fuller, "The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War", at www.bedfordregiment.org.uk