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Pte. Robert Boulter


Boulter, Pte. Robert, enlisted in Ottawa, originally of Harleston, Norfolk, England. Occupation: Farmer. Military Service: Private, Reg. No. 5, PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “On way out put on fatigue cleaning out R.S.M.’s dugout. A shell hit it today killing R.S.M. [Regimental Sergeant-Major Stuart Godfrey], his batman [Pte. Robert Boulter] and badly wounding S.M. [E.] Pritchard,” 2:18 Apr ’15.

Additional Biographical Information

A farmer when he enlisted with the PPCLI in August 1914, Pte. Boulter had previously served with the Queen’s Rifles for 8 years. He crossed to France with the Regiment 20 Dec 1914 and saw action at the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Frezenberg. He was wounded 23 May 1915 in the left hip by a piece of shrapnel while on work party, but returned to active duty in June. He was serving as Batman to RSM Godfrey, when both men were killed on 18 April 1916, after their dugout was hit by artillery fire. Boulter was 34 years of age. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 99.

Date of Death: 18 April 1915. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, 2 km east of Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Grave Reference: I.M.36.


Menin Road South Military Cemetery, near Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium.


Menin Road South Military Cemetery