Bootland, Walter

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


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 start of the war Walter and his family had moved closer to Bridlington and it was there that he enlisted for service.

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.

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