Harold Boardman

Harold Boardman was born in Over Hulton, Bolton in 1893.

He was the son of Thomas and Margaret Alice Boardman Of 99 Deane Church Lane, Bolton,

His father, Thomas Boardman, was a Poor Rate Collector.

Harold appears on the 1911 Census, aged 17, as a clerk in an accountant’s office.

His name does not appear on the School Admissions Registers owing to the apparent lack of a systematic listing between 1902 and 1908. It is known initially from the list of “Old Boys With The Colours” in the Bolton Journal and Guardian on 24 December 1914.

He probably started at Bolton Church Institute in 1904 as a scholarship boy.

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Harold's War

Service Record

5’ 6” tall, of fresh complexion, with grey eyes.
Enlisted, aged 21 years 5 months, for the duration of the war on 12 September 1914 in the 1st/5th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Went to France 12th February 1915.
Died from gunshot wounds to leg and head 11 August 1916, aged 23.
Personal effects received by his father on 1st December.

During his time in France, Harold’s battalion was involved in phases of the Second Battle of Ypres and the Battle of the Somme.

He may well have been wounded while in the front line taking part in one of the attacks on the village of Guillemont. He died at No. 21 Casualty Clearing Station at La Neuville and is buried there.

Harold boardman's personal effects, returned to his family:

2 Identity Discs
1 Prayer Book
1 Cigarette Case
1 Tobacco Pouch. Coins
1 Gold Ring 3 Stones Missing
1 Brooch
2 Wristwatches with Straps
1 Pipe
1 Pipe Bowl
1 Card Case
1 Metal Mirror in Case
1 Cigarette Lighter (broken)
1 Compass (broken)
1 Match Box Cover
1 Comb
1 Shoulder strap with Numeral
1 Badge
1 Bottle of Tablets
1 Belt
1 Piece of India Rubber
1 Cotton Bag
1 Purse
1 Pencil
1 Button.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
25 August 1916

Lce. Corpl. HAROLD BOARDMAN, who was reported wounded, has since died of his wounds. He is the son of Mr. Thomas Boardman, 99, Deane Church-lane, and was 23 years of age. He enlisted in September 1914 and had been kept at the front ever since the Battalion went out. He was educated at the Bolton Church Institute, and at the time of enlisting was employed by Messrs P. and J. Kevan, chartered accountants, of 12, Acresfield. He attended the Mens’ Class at Morris Green and was a member of the Committee of the Bolton Y.M.C.A. He is on the Roll of Honour at Deane and Morris Green Churches.



Harold Boardman

Harold Boardman

Lance Corporal: 2586

1st/5th Battalion
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Born: Bolton 1893

Died: La Neuville, France 11 August 1916

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