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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 Henry Atkinson

William Henry was the son of Henry Atkinson b.1873, a carter, and Sarah Ann Atkinson née Bullis b.1876.

He appears on the 1901 Census (listed as Harry) living at 67 Old Hall Street, Kearsley with his mother in the household of her father, William Bullis. His father was living as a boarder at 1 Shiel Street, Worsley on the night of the Census.

In 1911 he was living at 5 Walton Place, Kearsley (listed as Henry this time) with his parents and younger siblings Annie b.1905, Gladys b.1906, James b.1908 and Hilda b.1910. Three other children - Thomas, Sarah and Harold - are (accidentaly) named on the Census return as having died by this point.

When he enlisted he gave his occupation as carter but appears to have lied about his age, claiming to be several months over 18.

His Army medical examination on enlisting described him as being 5' 4½" tall, weighing 114 lbs with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair. His father's address at the time was given as 11 Swift Street, Farnworth and later as 3 Markland Square.

He was charged with a couple of minor disciplinary offences while undergoing training - causing a disturbance at Tidworth barracks and going AWOL from Blackburn for a week in April 1915 before turning himself in. He may well have unilaterally extended a last visit home.

His name appears on Farnworth War Memorial.

Name Atkinson, William Henry
Rank Private
Number 14085
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Walkden, Lancashire
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
29 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
10 August 1915
Age 17
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment