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Alfred Boulton was born in Kirkham in 1879, the son of John and Nancy Boulton (nee Stuart/Stewart). John and Nancy had married in St. Pauls Church, Warton near Kirkham in 1866.

John and Nancy had seven other children; Joseph (1867), James and Mary Ann (1870), Agnes (1872), John James (1874), Elizabeth Ellen (1877-1879) and another Elizabeth Ellen (1886).

When the 1891 Census was taken Alfred was living at 2 Freckleton Street, Kirkham with his parents and three of his siblings, Agnes, John James and Elizabeth Ellen. Alfred`s father was a grocer. The family also had a live-in servant called Esther Cornall.

Alfred`s father died in 1899 and his mother died the following year so when the 1901 Census was recorded Alfred had moved to 51 Station Road. He was sharing a house with his sister Elizabeth Ellen and a niece Mary Ann.

Alfred Boulton was also a footballer and had made 56 appearances for Blackpool FC in seasons 1900/01 and 1901/02. Around the same time he had established a local business for himself.


On the 5 February, 1902 Alfred married Sarah Jane Marquis in Wesham, two daughters were born, Freda in 1903 and Dorothy in 1905.

In the 1911 Census Alfred was still at 13 Bradley Terrace (Station Road) with Sarah Jane and the two girls.

On the 11 September, 1914 stating his age as 34 years and 2 months Alfred enlisted at Kirkham, (he was actually 35). He was 5`7” tall, weighed 149lbs and had brown eyes and dark brown hair. Alfred also confirmed he had no previous military experience. On the 26 September he was posted to the 9th Battalion.

Promotions quickly followed, 12/3/15 paid Lance Corporal, 20/7/15 he was promoted to Corporal and by the 11/1/16 had been appointed paid Lance Sergeant.

Alfred embarked at Folkestone on 26 September, 1915 with the 9th Battalion bound for France on board the SS St. Seiriol.

Alfred Boulton was killed by a stray bullet on 29 January, 1916 according to the following article.


A few of Alfred`s personal effects were returned to his widow Sarah Jane, these comprised:

  • 2 farthings
  • 2 wallets containing 9 photos
  • 1 safety razor
  • 1 purse
  • 1 stylograph pen
  • 1 hankie

Alfred had also made a will amounting to £1,583 10s 2d, the Executors being Sarah Jane his widow, Joseph Boulton his brother and Sarah Jane`s brother Edward Marquis.

Lance Sergeant Alfred Boulton was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour in Gunners Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.  He is also mentioned on a grave in Christ Church, Wesham.


Rank: Lance Serjeant
Service No: 14389
Date of Death: 29/01/1916
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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2 Responses to 14389 LSJT. A. BOULTON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Chris says:

    This is a noble effort. The life of Alfred Boulton should not be forgotten. Thank you!

  2. Andrea Boulton says:

    Just started looking for the family history and this is an amazing source of information. Alfred Boulton was not just a footballer but also a cricketer of some note. He is mentioned on two cenotaphs in addition to the memorial. Thank you to the researcher

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