Dedicated to Robert Thornton Bolt 1908 - 1963
1939-1945 Star - Atlantic Star 1939-1945 - France & Germany Star 1944-45 - War Medal 1939-1945
Robert was born on 30 April 1908, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Robert was the eldest of five children and came from a well -to-do and respected family. Between 1920 and 1925 he was educated at The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne as was his father and grandfather. Unfortunately Robert decided that this was not the life for him and in the Autumn of 1925 at the age of 17 he joined the Merchant Navy. He continued in active service until his premature death in 1963 aged 55 years.
This, and subsequent pages will, I hope illustrate his full and active life. Research is on going with further information being sought from various sources including: The Public Record Office, Kew, The National Maritime Museum , Tyne and Wear Archives, Newcastle Central Library and the Internet.
The photograph to the right was taken on 23 June 1957 just before Roberts departure from South Shields to represent the British Merchant Navy at Dunkirk in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Mother as she unveiled the Dunkirk Memorial.
Acknowledgements - My special thanks to Billy McGee; Merchant Navy Historian; Ron French and Dick Keys; Maritime Historians. Roger Griffiths; Naval Researcher; www.convoyweb.org.uk; www.mercantilemarine.org; www.shipsnostalgia.com