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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

Arthur Beardsworth

Arthur BeardsworthBolton Journal and Guardian 28 January 1916

Youthful Ambulance Man Killed

The parents of Pte. Arthur Beardsworth, who lives at 35, Darley-st., S3776 Medical Unit, 1st Field Ambulance, Royal Naval Division, have received an official notification of his death at the Dardanelles on December 26th. He was only 18 years of age last August, and was called up through the St John Ambulance Brigade and was drafted to Blandford, where, after six months’ training he went to the Dardanelles. He was formerly a member of the Bolton Lads’ Club, where he was held in high esteem. For the last eight or nine years he had been connected with the Raphael-st Mission, where his name is on the Roll of Honour. His name also appears on the Rolls of Honour at the Hanover Chapel, Gilnow-rd. and Brownlow Fold Council School. He was employed as a piecer at the Musgrave Spinning Company’s No. 6 Mill.

Bolton Journal and Guardian

Mrs. Beardsworth, 35, Darley-st., Brownlow Fold, has given three sons to His Majesty’s service, and a few weeks ago we had the sad duty of chronicling the death of one, the youngest of the three, Arthur being killed whilst serving in the Royal Naval Division Medical Unit. Another son, William Henry, enlisted on Sept. 23rd, in the King’s Royal Rifle (Church Lad’s Brigade), and after training at Denham, Clipstone Park Camp, and Salisbury went on foreign service on November 5th, 1915. Albert, the eldest, on November 23rd, 1914, joined the Royal Naval Division Medical Unit, and after being in training at Blandford left for foreign service on February 16th of this year, going to Mudros. All three are old scholars of Brownlow Fold Council School as well as members of the Independent Order of Rechabites*, Salford Unity, Primrose Tent.

Arthur was the son of John William Beardsworth b.1869, a joiner, and Clara Beardsworth née Greenwood B.1869.

On the 1911 Census the family were living at 35 Darley Street, Brownlow Fold, Bolton.

Arthur was listed as a piecer in a cotton mill.

He had 2 older brothers - Albert b.1895 and William Henry b.1896, who both worked as piecers.

He also had a younger brother - Robert b.1902 and 2 younger sisters - Edith Annie b.1903 and Clara b.1906.

* A temperance-based friendly society


Name Beardsworth, Arthur
Rank Private
Number Deal/3776(S)
Unit Royal Marines
Hood Battalion
(Royal Marines Medical Unit attached Hood Battalion),
Royal Naval Division
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted 7 April 1915
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
26 December 1915
Age 18
Grave or Memorial Skew Bridge Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Hood Bn Royal Naval Division