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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

Joseph Booth

Joseph BoothFarnworth Weekly Journal 1916

A Dardenelles Hero

On Christmas Day, last year, Mrs. Booth, of 26, Piggott-st., was notified by the War Office that her husband, Pte. Joseph Booth, of the L.N.L. Regiment, had been missing since August 12th at the Dardanelles, when the fighting there was very fierce, and she has now been informed from the same source that his death must be presumed to have taken place on that date. Pte. Booth enlisted immediately war broke out, and went to the Dardanelles the following June. Aged 29 years, he also leaves one child. he worked for Messrs Burgess , Ledward and Co., of Walkden, as a dyer, and is on the Roll of Honour at St. James', New Bury. He was the youngest of three brothers in the Army, Privates R. Booth, J. Booth and N. Booth, who are all in the trenches.

Joseph was the son of Isaac Booth b.1847, a mechanic in a cotton mill, and Sarah Booth née Turner b.1847.

Joseph's father died in 1887 and by the 1891 Census he was living at 146 Longcauseway, Farnworth with his mother and siblings Robert b.1871, Susannah b.1873, Ellen b.1874, William b.1876, James b.1877, Rachael b.1879, Catherine b.1882, Isaac b.1884 and Nathaniel b.1884. The eldest 6 children were all working in the cotton industry.

In 1901 Joseph was living at 13 Thomas Street, Farnworth, in the household of his brother Robert and working in the raising room at a cotton weaving mill.

He married Alice Hurst b.1881 on 29 February 1908 at St Stephen's Church, Kearsley.

In 1911 they were living at 26 Piggott Street Farnworth with their son Norman b.1908. Another child was recorded as having died by 1911. Joseph was working as a cotton yarn bleacher.

His Army medical examination on enlisting described him as being 5' 7½" tall, weighing 126 lbs with grey eyes, a fresh complexion and light brown hair.

He sailed for Egypt from Avonmouth, Bristol aboard HMT Braemar Castle on 15 June 1915.

Joseph's name appears on Farnworth War Memorial.

Two of his brothers also died in the War. James was killed in France on 21 May 1917 while serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery and Nathaniel was killed on 28 March 1918 while in rhe 1/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers.


Name Booth, Joseph
Rank Private
Number 12193
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Farnworth, Lancashire

Farnworth, Lancashire
28 August 1914

Died Gallipoli, Turkey
10 August 1915
Age 29
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment