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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

Joshua Bennett

Bolton 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.

Joshua was the son of Joshua Bennett b.1878, variously a blacksmith's striker and a holder up for a boiler maker, and Annie Bennett née Whittle b.1877.

On the 1901 Census he was living at 47 Raglan Street, Preston, Lancashire with his parents, sister Mary Jane b.1899 and brother Albert b.1901.

By the 1911 Census the family were living at 72 Brook Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne and had three more children, Amelia b.1903, John b.1906 and Elizabeth b.1908.

Joshua was the nephew of Private James Bamford Bennett who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 while serving with 1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers.


Name Bennett, Joshua
Rank Private
Number 1740
Unit 1st/9th Bn
Manchester Regiment
Born Horwich, Lancashire
Enlisted Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
19 June 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey



Manchester Regiment