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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

James Bamford Bennett

James Bamford BennettBolton Journal and Guardian 28 May 1915


Bolton and district has played a notable part in helping to swell the ranks of the Army, and large numbers of families have several members to the colours. Mr. John Bennett, a boiler maker at the Horwich loco. Works, who lives in Alexandra-rd., has five sons, three sons-in-law, and a grandson serving. One son, Private James B. Bennett,  has been killed in action in the Dardanelles. Private Bennett had been in the Army for some years, and for four years prior to January was stationed in India, when he came home with his regiment. He was unmarried, and formerly worked in the Victoria Mill. Mr Bennett now has four sons in the Army as follows: Pte. Joshua Bennett, 2nd Manchester Regiment, who joined seven years ago, was for a considerable time in France, and is now recuperating in this country, having been wounded at Ypres. Driver W. Bennett, Royal Garrison Artillery (Heavy Brigade), now in France, is a reservist, who was called up at the outbreak of war, having had seven years’ previous service in the Army. He has also been to India. He formerly resided in Dale-st., Horwich, with his wife and two children. Pte.  John Bennett is attached to the Royal Lancaster Regiment. He is a married man with three children. The youngest member of the family, Robt. Bennett, joined the 12th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in September, and is now stationed at Seaford. Mr. Bennett’s eldest  son, Thomas, is also actively engaged at Messrs. Cammell Laird and Company’s works at Birkenhead, on Government work. Private Joshua Bennett, a son of Private Joshua Bennett, and a grandson of Mr. Bennett senr., is at present in Egypt with the Manchester Territorials. Mr. Bennett has also three sons-in-law in the Army, the husbands of his three daughters – Private Wm. Laithwaite, Pals’ Battalion of the 5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; Private Thomas Whittle, County Palatine Royal Engineers; and Private Benjamin Alton, Manchester Pals.

James was the son of John Bennett b.1851, a boiler maker at Horwich Loco Works, and Christiana Bennett née Alton b.1853.

On the 1891 Census he was living at 47 Summer Street, Horwich with his parents and siblings Thomas b.1876, Joshua b.1878, Mary Jane b.1880, William b.1881, John b.1883, Christiana b.1885 and Elizabeth b.1888.

His mother died in 1898 and at the time of the 1901 Census James was living at 5 Travers Street, Horwich with his father and sisters Christiana and Elizabeth (Ann) and brothers John and Robert b.1893.

By the 1911 Census James was serving abroad in the Army and his father was living at 2 Alexandra Road, Lostock with children Elizabeth Ann, Robert and daughter Mary Jane, her husband Thomas Whittle and their daughter Susannah b.1901.

James was the uncle of Private Joshua Bennett who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 19 June 1915 while serving with 1st/9th Bn Manchester Regiment.


Name Bennett, James Bamford
Rank Private
Number 2200
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Horwich, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 April 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers