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  • Name: William Ewart BOULTER
  • D.O.B: 14th October, 1892
  • D.O.A: 16th July, 1914
  • D.O.D: 1st June, 1955
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 6th Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment, 54th Brigade, 18th Division

Trônes Wood, France 14 July 1916

14 July 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

After the capture of La Boisselle and Mametz, the British pressed forward towards Combles. In the fighting that followed, Trônes Wood between Montauban and Guillemont changed hands several times. The 18th Division was ordered to recapture the wood and attacked on 14 July 1916. After hand-to-hand fighting the wood was finally cleared.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. When one company and part of another were held up in the attack on a wood by a hostile machine gun, which was causing heavy casualties, Serjeant Boulter, with utter contempt of danger and in spite of being severely wounded in the shoulder, advanced alone over the open under heavy fire in front of the gun, and bombed the gun team from their position. This very gallant act not only saved many casualties, but was of great military value, as it materially expedited the operation of clearing the enemy out of the wood, and thus covering the flank of the whole attacking force. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 October 1916. 26 October 1916, Numb. 29802, p. 10394

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