Capt Walter John Bostock, Tank Corps

1896 Feb 10 Born Burton on Trent, Staffs. His father was John Bostock, a Brewers Cooper

1901 census at 233, Wetmoor Road, Horninglow, Wetmoor

1911 census at 234 Dallow St Burton-On-Trent

1915 Jun 28. Lands in France

1917 Jun 27 Commissioned 2nd Lt in Machine Gun Corps

1918 Jul/Sep Married in Burton on Trent to Beatrice L Prestidge. Children were Joan B (1920), Betty (1921), David Iain (1922), Margret D (1924), Mary K (1926), Dorothy (1928), Mollie (1930), Sally E (1931), John (1934), Andrew M (1937) and Sheila (1939).

1918 Dec 27. Tank Corps. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lt. to be temp. Lt.: — A. E. Beddow (actg. Capt.). W. J. Bostock.

1919 May 1. The undermentioned to be temp. Capts.: — Temp. Lt. W. J. Bostock, Tank Corps, whilst empld. as Equipment Officer, Administrative Hdqrs., Gunnery School, and Maintenance and Driving School, Tank Corps, from 1st May to 6th Nov. 1919.

1921 Jan 26 Joined ADRIC with service no 1601. Posted to O Coy as CQM and Section Leader on 29 Jan 1921

1921 Mar 29 Promoted Hon DI3 as QM

1921 Jun 23. Reverts to Temp Cadet.

Fined £5 by Asst Commandant

1921 Aug 15 Posted to G Coy

1921 Sep 28 Relinquishes his commission TANK CORPS. (Equipt. Branch). Temp. Lt.- W. J. Bostock, and is granted the rank of Capt.

1922 Jan 20 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1939 Oct 17. AUXILIARY MILITARY PIONEER CORPS. The undermentioned Offs. (Res.of Off.) are transfd. from the Units stated against their names:— To be Capts.: Capt. W. J. Bostock (43908), R.T.R.

1939 Oct. Disembarked with BEF - France. In command of Works Labour Company with Royal Engineers

1940 Jun Evacuated with unit from BEF France and posted to home forces

1941 Jun Appointed to command No 72 Group Pioneer Corps, and promoted to Lt. Colonel

1942 Aug. • North Africa Appointed Assistant Director at Labour General Headquarters for First Army North African Operation

1943-45 • Sicilia, Italy Served throughout the campaign in Sicily and Italy successively as AD Labour on the integrated staffs of HQ Fifth US Army and Rome Area Allied Command

1945 Dec 11. OBE Gazetted. Lieutenant-Colonel Walter John BOSTOCK (43908), Pioneer Corps (Burton-on-Trent)

1947 Sep 6. ROYAL PIONEER CORPS. Capt. (War Subs. Maj.) W. J. BOSTOCK (43908) having exceeded the age limit of liability to recall, relinquishes his commn., and is granted the hon. rank of Lt.-Col.

1980 Feb 10 Died Rugby, Warks