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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

William Brittain


Official news has been received by the parents of Lance-Sergeant Wm. Brittain (9849), who lived at 7, Curzon-rd, that he was killed in the Dardanelles on May 14th. He was attached to the 1st Border Regiment and has served in the Army for the past six years, the last two of which have been in India. He was 23 years of age.

William was the son of James Brittain b.1872, a grave digger, and Mary Alice Brittain b.1876. The family had moved to Bolton from Leinster in Ireland in the late 1890s.

On the 1901 Census William was living at 56 Balshaw Street, Bolton with his parents and sisters Eliza Jane b.1895 and Fanny Ann b.1898.

By 1911 William was serving in the Army and his parents were living at 21 Vincent Street, Bolton with Eliza Jane and sons John James b.1901 and Thomas Albert b.1903.

Fanny Ann Brittain had died in 1908 aged 10.


Name Brittain, William
Rank Lance Corporal
Number 9849
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Leitrim, Ireland
Enlisted Manchester
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
28 April 1915
Age 23
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey