Officer’s Military General Service, clasp Corunna – 14th Foot
Military General Service, 1793-1814, single clasp, Corunna : George Bolton, Lieut 14th Foot
Major George Bolton joined the 14th (Bedfordshire) Foot as a Lieutenant on 26 May 1807, and served with this regiment in Spain between October 1808 and January 1809 (landed with Baird’s force), taking part in the retreat to Corunna and playing a distinguished part in the battle.
The regt. later redesignated as the 14th (Buckinghamshire) Foot in 1809, he also served in the Walcheren campaign of the same year.
While he does not appear to have served at Waterloo, for reasons unknown, George Bolton’s company of the 3rd/14th Foot did take part in the fighting.
He is recorded as having reached the rank of Major (on half pay) with the 30th Foot.
Ensign 10th Foot 27th March 1806
Lieutenant 11th December 1806
Lieutenant 14th Foot 26 May 1807
Captain 14th Foot 4th April 1815
Captain 20th Foot 4th December 1823
He Married Mary Bolton on the 21st September 1824
Bt Major 10th January 1837
Captain 30th Foot 27th October 1837
George Bolton died 24th February 1849, his wife died on the 30th November 1865.
North Devon Journal 1st March 1849:Notice of Deaths:
“Feb 24th at his residence Prospect Place, Ilfracombe. After a long and painful illness of 16 years, from the effects of climate during long service in India, Brevet Major George Bolton, formerly of the 14th, and late of the 20th regiment aged 67 years. He was an old Peninsular Officer; and it is consoling to his afflicted family that he was gratified by receiving the medal graciously awarded by Her Majesty ten days previous to his decease”
Buried at Holy Trinity Churchyard Ilfracombe (See Wellington’s Men Remembered)
Condition – small piercing to edge at 6 o’clock, now plugged, with light mount marks also to edge, carriage re-fitted, otherwise good VF