Bertie Bolton

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Robert Bolton
Personal information
Full name Robert Henry Dundas Bolton
Born (1893-01-13)13 January 1893
Mysore, Karnataka, British Raj
Died 30 October 1964(1964-10-30) (aged 71)
St Pancras, London, England
Batting style Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1913–1922 Hampshire
1910–1912 Dorset
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 7
Runs scored 121
Batting average 10.08
100s/50s –/–
Top score 24
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 January 2010

Captain Robert Henry Dundas Bolton OBE (13 January 1893 – 30 October 1964) was an Indian Army and British Army officer, police officer and English cricketer.

Military and police career

Bolton was born in Mysore, India and was commissioned into the Indian Army Reserve of Officer 13 November 1914. He served in German East Africa from 27 November 1914 to 3 September 1916 with the 101st Grenadiers. He was promoted Lieutenant 13 November 1915. The regiment was transferred to Palestine and here he saw service from 4 September 1916 to 31 October 1918. He was transferred to the 2nd battalion 101st Grenadiers on its formation at Suez on 3 February 1917. On 4 June 1917 he was appointed to the Indian Army as a Lieutenant with senority from 13 August 1916. He was made acting Captain between 2/6/ - 12/8/1919 before being promoted Captain 13 August 1919. He saw service in Waziristan between 1919 and 1921.

On 18 November 1921, as a Captain, he transferred to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment of the British Army. He retired in 1933 and then joined the Metropolitan Police. From 1941 to 1960, he served as Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Constabulary.

Cricket career

Bolton was a right-handed batsman. He made his debut in County Cricket for Dorset in the 1910 Minor Counties Championship against Carmarthenshire. Bolton represented Dorset sixteen times. Bolton's final game for Dorset came in 1912 against Devon.

Bolton made his first-class debut for Hampshire in 1913 against Cambridge University. Bolton made two first-class appearances for Hampshire in 1913, his second match coming against Warwickshire.

Bolton did not represent the club in the 1914 County Championship, which was curtailed due to the start of the First World War.

Eight years after last representing Hampshire in the County Championship, Bolton returned in 1922, where he made his return debut against Nottinghamshire. Cowie played four more matches for Hampshire, with his final first-class match coming against Somerset in 1922.

During his time with Northamptonshire Constabulary, he also acted as a team selector for Northamptonshire.

Bolton died in St Pancras, London on 30 October 1964.

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