The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

Arthur Roland Bolton (1889 – 1923)


 

Born in Cambridge, Arthur was educated at St Marks School, Westminster. He left school in July 1904 and joined his father’s Ladies Tailoring business. By 1911 Arthur’s mother had died and he was living at 278 High Street (one of the large villas between St John’s well lane and Park Street), Berkhamsted with his father.

On 18 September 1915 Arthur married Violet May Lee, she was the daughter of Henry Lee the mineral water manufacturer. Arthur was fairly late joining the armed services. He joined the Royal Flying Corp, squadron 149, on 19 Jan 1917, as Air Mechanic 55177. By this time, he was living at a house called Felldene, in Kings Road, this was also the address for their tailoring business.

He served in the newly named RAF in France from 31 May 1918 to 9 July 1919 and was transferred to the reserves the following day. He was deemed as discharged in February 1920. He returned to the family business and his daughter was born the same year.

He was taken ill and became a patient of the London Hospital for some considerable time. He was considered cured and returned home but after sometime his illness returned and he died in the London Hospital in October 1923. His father was devastated having lost his only son, business partner and close companion. He was described in the Gazette as having a happy disposition and being a prominent member of the Conservative and Unionist Club, the Bowling Club and other spheres of activity, being always ready to lend aid in any voluntary work that was asked of him.


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