of a Crimean Veteran
Gunner Bolton, Bonnybridge
In the Cumbernauld Cemetery there was
laid to rest this week the remains of Gunner Edward Bolton, an old Crimean
veteran. Deceased joined the Royal Horse Artillery on 28th September, 1852,
and soon after was ordered to the seat of war. Belonging to the famous I
Battery of the R. H. A., he took a prominent part
in the siege of Sebastopol and other minor
engagements. He served the full period of 21 years and nine days, and the
later years of his service were given to the Coast Brigade, from which he
was discharged at Dumbarton in the year 1873. - Deceased possessed the
Crimean medal and clasp, and also the Turkish medal. Just prior to his
discharge he received the good conduct and long service medal with gratuity.
For the long period of. thirty years he acted as timekeeper at the
Bonnybridge Iron Foundry of Mr George Ure, now Smith & Wellstoods. Deceased
was 73 years of age, and is survived by a widow and grown-up family. He has
had two sons in the Army, and one at present serves in the Royal
Garrison Artillery at Dover Castle.
The funeral was one of the
largest witnessed in the district, the workmen from the foundry and the
local Volunteers (under Lieut. Primrose and Sergt-Instructor Baldwin)
forming a section of the cortege. Over the grave three volleys were fired,
and the service was conducted by the Rev. Mr Marr, Cumbernauld.