This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Corporal 18282 Henry Reginald Hirst of the Royal Army Ordnance Corp who died on this day in 1936.
Bootland, Walter
(1875-1918)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Private

Service Number 39828

Service Army

Battalion 1st Garrison Battalion

Regiment Yorkshire Regiment

Died: 4th November 1918

Commemorated at: Karachi 1918 War Memorial, Pakistan

Biography

Family background

Walter Bootland was born in Collingham on the 7th October 1875, the third of nine children of William and Elizabeth Bootland and the eldest son. Walter married Christiana Westoby on the 1st September 1900 in the Weslyan Chapel in Wetherby, but by the census date in 1911, Walter and Christina were living at 12 Standard Terrace, Nothallerton with their children Edward, Eric Adkin and Winifred, as well as Walter's sister-in-law, Minna Westoby. At the start of the war Walter in Bridlington.

Service record

Walter served first in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry but later transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. We do not know exactly when Walter joined this battalion, but it was raised around Pontefract in October 1915 and sailed to Bombay on Christmas Eve 1915. The battalion's job was to garrison and protect Britain's interests in its colony in India. At the time of the armistice in November 1918 the battalion was stationed at Sialkot in the Punjab.

While Walter was serving in India, his eldest son (Edward) died of pneumonia.

Walter died at Campbellpore, India of influenza on the 4th November 1918, one week before the war ended. He was the last of the Collingham men to lose their lives in the Great War. The exact location of his grave is now unknown and he is commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan.

Walter's youngest brother, Arthur Bootland, was killed in action during World War One.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 29375
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports

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