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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

William Truman Altree

William Altree Bolton Journal and Guardian 1 October 1915


Another youthful Boltonian, who was living in Australia at the outbreak of war, has lost his life in the severe fighting in Gallipoli. He is Pte. W. Altree, who before enlisting lived with his mother at West Thebarton, Australia. He enlisted in November, and after a short period in Egypt proceeded to the Peninsula. He was a native of Bolton, and in his boyhood attended Oxford Grove Council School. He kept in touch with his fellow schoolboys and his name is on the role of honour at the school. He was 18 years of age and had been in Australia two years.

Bolton Journal and Guardian

Bolton Emigrant Killed

News has been received of the death at the Dardanelles of Private William Altree of the Australian contingent. Altree was well known in the Smithills district, where he lived at 36, Stanley-rd before emigrating to Adelaide two years ago. He had worked at the Haslam and Musgrave spinning mills, and latterly at the Atlas Furnishing Company, Knowsley-st., Bolton. He had been engaged in farming and was quite satisfied with Australian life. He was of a jovial disposition, and had made a wide circle of friends, by whom he is sadly missed.

William was the son of Albert Henry Altree b.1852, a brassfounder, and Clarissa Altree née Jopson b.1853.

He was one of ten children, two of whom had died by the 1911 Census.

William left Liverpool for Australia on the SS Irishman on 24 September 1913. His occupation was given as shop assistant.

He was working as a labourer when he enlisted in the AIF in Oaklands, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia on 9 December 1914.

His unit embarked from Melbourne, Australia on HMAT Runic on 19 February 1915. He was listed as unmarried and a labourer. His address was 1 Murray Street, Thebarton, South Australia and his next of kin was listed as Mrs Clara Altree of the same address. He was paid 5 shillings a day. His mother's address was given as 10 Northern Grove, Bolton.

He was described on his enlistment medical report as being 18 years 6 months old, 133 lbs, 5' 5½" tall with grey eyes, fair hair and a bright complexion. He had two vaccination marks on his right arm, a scar above his left wrist and two scars on his forehead. His religion was Congregationalist.

He had been a pupil at Oxford Grove Council School, Bolton and his name appears on the Roll of Honour displayed at the current school.


Name Altree, William Truman
Rank Private
Number 1452
Unit 10th Bn
Australian Imperial Force
Born Aspull, Wigan, Lancashire 1896
Enlisted Oaklands,
South Australia
9 December 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
29 May 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Shrapnel Valley Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Australian Imperial Force