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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 Blackledge

Thomas BlackledgeBolton Journal and Guardian 21 May 1915

Local Soldiers Killed in the Dardanelles

The War Office has also conveyed the news to Mrs. Blackledge, 8, Benson-st., Smithills, that her son, Private Thomas Blackledge, who was serving with A Company, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, was recently killed in the operations at the Dardanelles. He had been stationed several years at Karachi, India, coming to England at the beginning of the year, when he was granted a furlough. In a letter recently received by his mother, Private Blackledge stated that he was in the best of health, but by the time she would receive the letter he would be in the thick of the fighting. Much sympathy is felt with Mrs. Blackledge, whose husband and four other sons are serving with the Army. Blackledge was formerly connected with St. Joseph’s R.C. School, and when on furlough at New Year’s time he tendered his thanks to Mr. W. H. Hall, secretary of St. Joseph’s Confraternity, for the many welcome letters he received when he was in India.

Thomas was the son of Miles William Blackledge, railway carter, b.1865 and Maria Blackledge née Townsend b.1863.

On the 1901 Census Thomas was listed as living at 8 Benson Street, Bolton with his parents and two older brothers John b.1888 and Daniel b.1891 and two younger brothers, Miles b.1895 and Robert b.1899.

By 1911 Thomas was serving in the Army.

On the 1911 Census the rest of the family were still at 8 Benson Street in 1911 and there was also another son, Joseph b.1904.

Miles William Blackledge served with the Royal Field Artillery in France during the First World War.

Miles Blackledge was killed in action on the Western Front on 31 July 1917 while serving with 1st/4th Bn The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.


Name Blackledge, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 1888
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Horwich, Lancashire c.1893
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 April 1915
Age 22
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers