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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

Thomas Belsey

Bolton Journal and Guardian

Pte. H. BELSEY, L.N. L. Regt., is suffering from gunshot wounds in the knee received on October 27th. He lives at 26, Emmanuel-st., Bolton, and was employed at Messrs. Magee, Marshall and Co.’s Brewery. His two brothers, Stephen and Thomas, have been killed.

Thomas was the son of Henry Belsey b.1859, who worked as a labourer (with Bolton Corporation Street Department by 1911) and Rachel Belsey née BROWN b.1863.

In the 1891 Census Thomas and his parents were living in Runcorn, Cheshire with their 3 other children -Mary Ann b.1883, Stephen John b.1886 and Sarah Jane b.1890.

By 1901 Thomas and the family had relocated to Bolton and are living at 22 Oak Street, Bolton with Mary Ann, Stephen John (both then working in cotton mills), Sarah Jane, Susan b.1893 and George Henry b.1896.

On the 1911 Census Thomas was listed as serving as a Private with 1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in Multan, Punjab, India.

Back in Bolton Henry and Rachel Belsey were still listed as living at 22 Oak Street with (George) Henry and grandson Alfred Belsey b.1903. Two out of seven of their children were listed as having died by 1911.

Stephen John Belsey enlisted in the Militia at Bury as part of the Lancashire Fusiliers in early 1904 before joining the Regiment proper in August 1904. In 1911 he is listed as overseas military personnel as a Private with 1st Bn South Lancashire Regiment at Napier Barracks, Lahore, India. His death in WW1, mentioned in the article above (if correct), does not appear to have been recorded.


Name Belsey, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 1254
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Warrington, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 April 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers