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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

Edward Banks

Edward BanksFarnworth Weekly Journal 15 October 1915


Mr. J. Banks of 18, Bancroft-rd. has been notified from the Shrewsbury district Record Office of the death from wounds, on August 12th, of his son, Private Edward banks (15646), of the B Company, South Lancashire Regiment. Private Banks, who was 28 years of age, lived with his father and aunt, Mrs. Finlay, whose husband, Private James Thomas Finlay (21031) is with the 15th Welsh Regiment at Winchester. He enlisted at St. Helens in the first week of September last year*, and sailed for the Dardanelles on June 13th and his last letter to his sister was written on August 8th, four days before he was killed. In this he expressed a belief that the fighting in the Gallipoli Peninsula will soon be over. He should have been married last Christmas to a Miss Gaskell, Of St. Helens, but the ceremony was postponed until a later time. Formerly a piecer at Messrs. Barnes' Dixon Green Mill, his name appears on the roll of honour at the Seminary School.

Edward was the son of Isaac Banks b.1847, a general labourer and Mary Banks née Nuttall b.1851.

Edward first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 125 Lyons Street, Eccleston, St Helens with his widowed father and siblings Hannah b.1875, Isabella b.1882 and Isaac b.1888.

In 1901 Edward, William and Isabella were living at 26 Princess Street, Farnworth with their uncle and aunt William and Isabella Dawson. Edward and his siblings were working as cotton piecers at the time.

Edward died on board the hospital ship Guildford Castle from wounds (gunshot wound to the chest) received in action.

His company commanding officer at one point in his Gallipoli service was Captain Clement Attlee, later to become leader of the Labour Party and UK Prime Minister 1945-1951.

Edward's effects, as returned to his father, Isaac then living at 18 Barncroft Road, Farnworth were:

1 Identity Disc

1 Farthing

1 Purse

His name appears on Farnworth War Memorial.

*The enlistment deatails in the article are contradicted by his Army records.


Name Banks, Edward
Rank Private
Number 15646
Unit 6th Bn
South Lancashire Regiment
Born St Helens, Lancashire
Enlisted Warrington, Lancashire
26 October 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
12 August 1915
Age 30
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial
Gallipoli, Turkey
South Lancashire Regiment