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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 Barlow

William BarlowBolton Journal and Guardian 24 November 1916

Pte. WILLIAM BARLOW, L.N.L. Regiment was formerly reported missing since August 10th, 1915, and the Army Council have now decided that he died on that date. Another old boy of St. Thomas’s School, Halliwell, he was formerly in the King’s Liverpool Regiment, and his parents live at 94 Darley-st., Halliwell. His brother Edward is also on active Service.

William was the son of John Barlow b.1856, a brickworks labourer, and Orpha Helen (Ellen) Barlow née Brooks b.1862.

William first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 137 Darley Street, Bolton with his parents, brother Albert b.1889 and grandmother Mary Brooks.

William’s mother died in 1896. His father remarried to Mary Chesworth in 1899.

On the 1901 Census William was living at 94 Darley Street with his father, step-mother and brothers Albert, James b.1894, Ernest b.1896 and John b.1901.

William was working in the card room of a cotton mill.

In 1911 William was still living at the same address with his father, step-mother and brothers Albert, James and Ernest.

At the time William was working for the Corporation Street Department and he is listed as being single*.

The brother Edward referred to in the Journal article appears to be a misprint.

According to his medical examination on enlisting, William was 5’ 6 1/8” tall and weighed 159 lbs with brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion. He also had a tattoo of Baden Powell (either the words or a picture) on his right forearm.
His occupation at the time was given as carter.

* His Army enlistment papers record him as having married Jane Cooke in Bolton on 16 July 1904 and having had three children: Eva b.1906, Lily b.1908 and Sarah Ann b.1909 - however the names are all crossed out on the document. This appears to have been a clerical error, confusing him with another William Barlow of a similar age who did fit that description and lived at 3 Reservoir Street, Bolton.

Name Barlow, William
Rank Private
Number 13515
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
31 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
10 August 1915
Age 31
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment