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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Wilfred Almond

Wilfred AlmondBolton Journal and Guardian 20 August 1915

Young Astley Bridge Soldier Dies from Wounds

Mr. Lewis Almond, 2, Almond-st., Astley Bridge, has received news that his son, Wilfred died on Sunday, August 8th, in hospital at Alexandria from wounds received in the Dardanelles. Pte. Almond, who would have been 21 on Wednesday, enlisted in the R.M.L.I. Portsmouth Battalion, leaving England on February 27th for the Dardanelles. He was a scholar at St. Paul’s, Astley Bridge, where he held the record for punctual and regular attendance, not being late or absent during the period from Nov. 23rd, 1900, to August 19th, 1908. Prior to enlisting he was an apprentice engineer for Messrs. Jno. Musgrave and Co., Ltd., and was a student at the technical classes, receiving a first class certificate for practical drawing. Much regret is felt in Astley Bridge, as news had been received recently that Pte. Almond was progressing nicely.

Wilfred was the son of Lewis Almond b.1861, a superintendent for the Refuge Insurance Co, and Jane Almond née Johnson b.1857.

The couple are listed on the 1891 Census living at 5 Rowland Street, Bolton with son John James b.1884 and daughter Bertha b.1887.

Wilfred appeared on the 1901 Census living with the family at 2 Almond Street, Bolton.

His mother died in 1909 and by the 1911 Census he was living with his father and sister at the Almond Street address.

Wilfred died in hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.

 

Name Almond, Wilfred
Rank Private
Number
PO/698(S)
 
 
Unit Portsmouth Bn
Royal Naval Division,
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Born Bolton, Lancashire
August 1894
Enlisted Manchester
19 October 1914
Died Alexandria, Egypt
9 August 1915
Age 17
Grave or Memorial Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC DETAILS
Royal Marine Light Infantry