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It is noted in the Express & Star of 9 February 1917 that Lance-Corporal Joseph William Bolton from Blakenhall of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9509) had died of his wounds.

Joseph William Bolton was born in Newcastle on Tyne in 1897. I have not been able to find him in the 1901 census for Wolverhampton, but his entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site confirms that the family did move to Wolverhampton at some point:

Son of Mary A. Page (formerly Bolton), of 19, Cobden St., Blakerhall, Wolverhampton, and the late Joseph Bolton.

He died on 11 January 1917, and is commemorated at Mailly Wood Cemetery in France. His rank on this site is listed as “Private”, but the attached Grave Registration Report confirms that he was a Lance-Corporal.

If anyone can confirm further details about this man, we would be glad to hear it!

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