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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

Harry Alston

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW, Australia) 16 June 1915


News of the death, killed in action, of Private Harry Alston, of Broken Hill, has been received. Private Alston, who has a brother in Broken Hill, was working on the mines previous to the war. He was about 25 years of age. He resided as a boarder at the Royal Mail Hotel. He left with the first contingent.

Harry was the son of Thomas Alston b.1858, manager of a cotton spinning mill, and Harriett Alston née Cowley b.1854.

Harry first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 287 Park View, Bolton with his patents.

His mother, Harriett, died in September 1893.

His father remarried to Ellen Swain b.1871 at St Mark's Church, Bolton on 11 July 1894. Ellen was a school mistress by profession.

In 1901 he was living at 307 Lever Street, Bolton with his father, step-mother and brother Samuel b.1892 and half-sister Annie Gertrude b.1895.

By 1911 the family were living at 135 High Street, Bolton.

Harry was employed as a stripper and grinder in a cotton spinning mill.

Thomas Alston died in late 1911.

Harry served for three years as a Territorial with the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry.

At some point between 1911 and 1914 Harry and his brother Samuel emigrated to Australia.

Harry's medical examination on enlistment in the Army recorded him as being 5' 1/4" tall and weighing 150 lbs with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and auburn hair.

He embarked from Adelaide on 20 October 1914 on HMAT Ascanius.

He then spent 29 days in a military hospital in Cairo from 15 January 1914, being treated for pneumonia.

In his will he left his estate - including shares in Crosses and Winkworth Ltd (a Bolton cotton spinning company) - to his step-mother.

His personal belongings at the time of his death were listed as:

1 Note-Book
1 Testament
1 Belt
1 Cigarette-Case
1 Wristlet for Watch
1 Handkerchief


Name Alston, Harry
Rank Private
Number 591
Unit 10th Bn
Australian Imperial Force
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Morphetville,
South Australia
28 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
27 April 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Australian Imperial Force