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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

Robert Hutchinson Booth

Robert Hutchinson BoothThe Late Capt. Booth
Sad Loss to Turton

News of the death of Captain Robert Hutchinson Booth, of the Army Service Corps, and only son of Major Booth, V.D., J.P., of Turton, has created profound regret in the Bolton district, where he was widely known, and especially in Turton, where he resided at Horrobin Fold. A cable was received on Monday to the effect that Capt. Booth had succumbed at Cotonera Hospital. Malta, from pneumonia following a gun-shot wound. A later cable said the deceased was buried on January 2nd (the day of his death) in Pieta Cemetery, Malta. It was at first reported that he was in hospital with a fractured leg but unfortunately the real news revealed more serious circumstances. Joining the 4th battalion, East Lancashires, at Blackburn about ten years ago as a Territorial officer, he has had a useful career in military service. Five years ago he transferred to the Army Service Corps, and became an adjutant in Egypt shortly after the outbreak of the war. In Gallipoli he served as deputy-quartermaster-general to the 42nd East Lancashire Division, and aide-de-camp to General Douglas, and shore commandant at Cape Helles.

He was 32 years old, married, and connected with Wellington Mills, Turton, and Messrs. Booth’s business at Ashton, and had management of the doubling section. His wife was formerly Miss Monk, daughter of the late Mr. A. Monk, jeweller, of Bolton, and she and her baby son, together with Major and Mrs. Booth are the recipients of much sincere sympathy.

Capt. Booth had many interests apart from his business and military connexions. He was connected with the Turton Conservative Club, took a lively interest in amateur theatricals, and was a sidesman at Turton Church. He was a sportsman of considerable attainments, an excellent tennis and good golf player, and he had twice won the President’s Cup at the Turton Golf Club. He was also a member of the Holcombe Hunt, and a splendid horseman. His death will create a void in the village which will be keenly felt and exceedingly difficult to fill.

At a special meeting of the County magistrates, yesterday, deep sympathy was expressed with Major Booth in the loss of his son. The Clerk (Mr. A. Tyldsley) was instructed to forward a letter of condolence to Major Booth and family.

Robert was the son of John Booth, Master Cotton Spinner, b.1854 and Mary Agnes Booth née Taylor b.1858.

On the 1891 Census Robert was listed as living at Lynwood, Station Road, Turton with his parents, his sister Margaret b.1889 and a Governess and a servant.

By 1901 the family had moved to Hazel Bank, Turton and had two servants. Robert's occupation was given as Apprentice Master Cotton Spinner, presumably working for his father.

In 1911 the family were still at Hazel Bank. Robert's occupation was given as Master Doubler.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Volunteer Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in 1905 and became a Lieutenant in 1908. He moved to the East Lancashire Company of the Army Service Corps in 1910.

He married Elsie Mary Monk at St Anne's Church, Turton in 1913 and they had one son Robert Arthur Booth b.1915.

Robert left effects of £1172 7s to his widow.

His son, Robert Arthur Booth, died in 1943 while serving as a Lieutenant with the Middlesex Regiment.


Name Booth, Robert Hutchinson
Rank Captain
Unit Army Service Corps
42nd East Lancs Field Ambulance
Born Turton, Lancashire 13 December 1883
Died Cottonera Military Hospital, Malta
1 January 1916
Age 32
Grave or Memorial Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Army Service Corps