Born: 21st July 1876, Dagshai, Bengal, India.
Baptised: 2nd August 1876, at Dagshai, Bengal, India.
Died: 23rd October 1914; age 38; KiA while making a reconnaissance he and his escort of three men were shot by Germans.
Entered service in November 1895 and served in:
Promoted Lieutenant – 2nd November 1898 – promoted Captain – 1st September 1901 – promoted Major 17th February 1912.
Recalled to England from South Africa on the outbreak of war. His battery joined the camp of the 7th Division at Lyndhurst, and with it proceeded to Belgium. They were in the advance to Ghent to support the Naval Division from Antwerp, and the Belgium Army and shared the hardships of the subsequent retreat to Ypres. He was killed in the historic stand which the 7th Division made near that place.
Date of Entry Therein: 7th October 1914.
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 106th Battery, 22nd Brigade.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.
Gazetted 2nd November 1895.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Surgeon-Major T.G. Bolster, M.D., F.R.C.S., A.M.S., & Mrs. L. Bolster, of Eastdene, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
1881 8, Acre Terrace, Stoke Damerel, Devon.
George was 4 years old and living with his parents & brother.
Thomas Gardiner Bolster, 41, a Surgeon – Major – M.D., born Kilshannig by Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.
Ludivina Sarah Eliza Bolster (nee Nembherdt), 26, born India.
Reginald Charles Bolster, 3, born India.
1 house maid.
1891 Richmond House, Anglesea Road, Ipswich.
George was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Thomas, 51, a Surgeon – Major – Army Medical Staff – Registered Medical Practitioner – retired.
Ina Mignon Freda Bolster, 5, born Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
George’s father, Thomas Gardiner Bolster died May 1893, Ipswich.
During his childhood George moved to where his father was serving – India 4 1/2 years – Devonport 2 1/2 years and Halifax, Nova Scotia 5 years. During this time his mother was his sole instructress. On returning to England in 1888, George was sent to Ipswich School, and in 1893 passed direct into the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
In September 1914, George’s engagement to Coralie de Burgh, of Oldtown, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland had been announced.
George was a well known sportsman and frequently hunted with the Duhallow & Kildare Hounds.
Mrs Bolster applied for the 1914 Star in respect of her late son – 27th November 1917.
Mrs Bolster made an application for Clasp in respect of her late son – 15th January 1920.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs Ludivina Sarah Eliza Bolster – mother.
George is remembered on Ipswich school’s war memorial.