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Family Tribute to A35 fatal collision victim

The 28-year-old woman who died in a fatal collision on the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport on Sunday 20 December 2015 has been named by her family.

Sub Lieutenant Anna Bolam, of Plymouth, sadly died following a collision between her silver Toyota MR2 and a blue Renault Megane at the top of Kingston Hill.

A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-woman sustained serious injuries and two 11-year-old children were slightly injured. All are from the Barnstaple area of Devon and were all taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment.

Anna’s family said in a statement: “Anna was born in Plymouth on 19 September 1987, the eldest daughter of Andy Bolam and Karen Bolam (now Salter).

“She was educated at Plymouth High School for Girls and gained a BSc in Adult Health Nurse/Nursing from the University of Plymouth in 2011.

“After working for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and in the NHS at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, she joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service in February 2015. Her first assignment after passing out from Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth was to the Defence Medical Group South West based back at Derriford Hospital.

“Anna was a keen road and off-road cyclist and had been planning to take up biathlon with the aim of representing the Royal Navy.

“Joining the QARNNS meant that she was carrying on a long family tradition of military service. Her father Andy is a serving naval officer whilst her brother Sam is an officer in the Royal Marines. Her mother Karen has also worked for the Army Welfare Service. Both of her grandfathers are retired servicemen and her paternal grandmother served in the WRNS. 

“Anna was also carrying on a family tradition of nursing, following in the health care footsteps of her mother Karen and both of her grandmothers.

“At the time of her death, Anna was travelling from Plymouth to Hampshire for a family Christmas. Anna is survived by her parents, brothers Daniel, Callum, Sam and Alex and sister Leia.

“We, her family, are devastated at our loss and ask for privacy at this most difficult time.”

Dorset Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to call Police Sergeant Dave Stroud of the Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit on 101.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 20:312. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 23 December 2015

Anna Bolam