Soldier Spotlight: The Bostock Brothers

Image: An item from Neville’s military service file (Library & Archives Canada)

Edward Lyon Bostock

Regimental Number: Second Lieutenant
Rank: 13778
Branch: The Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment); Princess Charlotte’s of Wales (Royal Berkshire Regiment), 4th Battalion; Royal Sussex Regiment

Edward was born in Horsham, Sussex, England on November 9, 1886. He and his brother Neville came to the South Peace in 1913; Edward filed on SW 22-80-14-W6. When the First World War broke out, Edward returned to England to serve in the British Army. He was wounded twice, the first time just ten days after landing in France in March/April of 1915. Two years later, in April of 1917, Edward was leading his men in an attack on three villages at the Somme. He was wounded in action and taken to the hospital at Bray. Edward died on April 5, 1917. Five of his brothers also served in the war, and two more were killed, including Neville.

Neville Stanley Bostock
Regimental Number: 117155; 6254

Rank: Private; Second Lieutenant
Branch: 12th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles; Royal Field Artillery

Neville was born in Horsham, Sussex, England on April 6, 1888. In 1913, he and his brother Edward came to the South Peace; Neville filed on SE 21-80-14-W6. He joined the RNWMP on September 15, 1914 and served for one year. In September of 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Army. Neville was discharged in January of 1916 on appointment to Commission in Royal Field Artillery. On April 22, 1917 near Arras, Neville was killed instantly by the explosion of an enemy shell. His major wrote to his mother saying, “He is a great loss as an officer and is dreadfully missed. His knowledge of horseflesh and horsemanship made him invaluable.” The Captain of his Battery wrote to his parents, “Your son was always cheery and capable and I miss him more than I can say.” Five of his brothers served in the war, two more of whom were killed, including Edward.

The Archives’ online Soldiers’ Memorial. Each week, our volunteers select a remarkable individual to showcase in this blog series. The Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates more than 1,100 WWI veterans and 2,300 WWII veterans from our region. Three dedicated volunteers have contributed over 1,200 hours to this project by researching and writing biographies. Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed on the Memorial, or would like to get involved by researching a local veteran, please contact the Archives.

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