Charles Henry Boulter

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 27438
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 1st battalion
Died: 8 August 1917, aged 26 years
Buried: Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium.
(Plot II, Row F, Grave 16)

Charles Boulter headstone

Life before the War

Charles was the eldest of 4 siblings born to Charles Richard and Mary Ann Boulter (nee Bundy), who married in Southampton in 1890.

Charles Richard was born in Southampton in 1865, and he died in the city in 1932.

Mary was born in Hythe in 1865 and passed away in Southampton in 1927.

Siblings:

  1. Charles Henry
  2. Hamutal Mary b. 1893 Southampton d. ? Married Albert V. Underhill in Southampton in 1917.
  3. Emily Jane b. 1896 Southampton d. 1985 Winchester Married Sydney A. Mason in Southampton in 1925.
  4. Reginald Thomas b. 1899 Southampton d. 1980 Southampton Married Christobel A. Nutburn in Southampton in 1932.

War Service

The Grenadier Guards 1st Battalion was formed in Warley, London in August 1914. In the September, they came under the command of the 20th Brigade in the 7th Division.

The battalion, and the division, landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914. On 4 August 1915, the battalion was transferred to the 3rd Guards Brigade in the Guards Division.

Charles died of wounds received during the Third Battle of Ypres probably, more specifically, during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge.

An Allied attack formed the basis of the battle. A substantial amount of ground was captured and a large number of casualties inflicted on the German defenders. By the 2nd August, unseasonal heavy rain had brought the battle to an end, with both armies well dug-in.

Groups of Casualty Clearing Stations were placed in 3 positions (called by the troops Mendinghem, Dozinghem and Bandaghem) near Poperinghe in July 1917, in preparation for the upcoming offensive.
The 4th, 47th and 61st C.C.S were posted at Dozinghem and the military cemetery was used by them until early 1918.

The cemetery now holds 3174 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

Charles headstone reads: “ For ever in our thoughts.”

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: Insert date story uploaded to SCF&FG
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