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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Elwood Maurice William Bolton -

Name : Elwood Maurice William Bolton

Son of : Alfred William Bolton and Margaret Geraldine Bolton (née Haydon), of Felpham, Sussex.

Born : 1908, Claygate, Surrey (registered Kingston, Surrey, Jun 1908 qtr).

Married : 1934, Gladys Elisabeth Mackintosh, Christ Church, Totland Bay.
  Census information :

1911 : Alfred and Margaret Bolton, with thier family including Elwood, aged 4, are at 'Suomi', Hare Lane, Thames Ditton, Surrey. Alfred Bolton is a Manufacturer of Plastic material.

  Service Details :

Flying Officer (Observer) 117444 Elwood Maurice William Bolton, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Casualty Details :

Died : 23 November 1942 aged 34.

Buried at : Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on this Island Memorial :

Totland War Memorial
  Circumstances of death :

Squadron :37 Sqn
Aircraft :Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic ES980
Other Crew :
Pilot :WO II L E Mathews, RCAFCWGC record ...
Observer :Sgt G R HaughCWGC record ...
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner :Sgt R A GilesCWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Sgt T C WestwoodCWGC record ...
:Flg/Off E D Fleishman, AFM, RCAFCWGC record ...

37 Sqn was assigned to operations based at desert landing ground No 106, flying missions between Libya, Sicily and Southern Italy. This aircraft was on operations over Greece when it was shot down.

The crew are buried in collective grave 16 C 9 at Suda Bay War Cemetery.

  Family information :

Elwood Maurice William and Gladys Elisabeth Bolton on their wedding day, 1934

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Anne Phillips, Elwood Bolton's daughter, writes in March 2015 :

My parents were married at Christchurch, Totland, in June 1934. My mother had spent most of her childhood in Totland until she was married. Before the war my father had a job with the Shell Oil company in Pnom Penh, Cambodia. I was born there in February 1936 and they returned to England later that year and moved back to the Island - presumably to be near Mum's relatives. It was around this time that they rented a thatched cottage called Lacy Farm - always referred to as Lacey's - near the foot of Tennyson Down. I would think that he may have joined up from there in 1939. I can remember living at Lacey's, with our dog who was called Raf (Royal Air Force). I don't remember my father at all - he was always "away at the war".
  Acknowledgments :

Anne Phillips (daughter of Elwood Bolton) for family information and photographs.

John Bloodworth for R.A.F. research.
  Page status :
Page last updated : 11 Mar 2015 (added family information and photo)


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