Rank or Title
Date of Death
24 Feb 1916
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
Major Charles Percy Boulton, DSO, died suddenly in the Bute Hospital, Luton, on February 24th, 1916, at the age of 48. Ill health had made it necessary for him to leave the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment in 1914, and he had come to Luton in October 1915 as superintendent at a munition works.
His death was announced in The Hart, the magazine of the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. A representative party of officers and NCOs and a detachment of buglers were present at the funeral at Stanmore, and wreaths were sent by the officers and sergeants.
Major Boulton was educated at Haileybury and Magdalen College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a BA degree in 1890. He joined the 4th Bedfords (then the Herts Militia) in 1889, and this unit he commanded in the South African War from November 1900 to June 1902. He was the Camp Commandant at Mafeking and took part in operations in Cape Colony, the Transvaal and Orange River Colony.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, was mentioned in despatches and received the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps.