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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

Fred Brocklehurst

Fred BrocklehurstLittle Lever Soldier Killed

Intimation has been received by Mr. Samuel Brocklehurst, of 11 Back Stopes-rd, Little Lever, that his son, Pte. Fred Brocklehurst of the 5th Lancashire Fusiliers was killed in action on June 6th, He enlisted in the Lancashire fusiliers on September 3rd., and after being stationed at Turton for some time went with his regiment to Egypt. He would have been 22 years of age in September, and would have been married before this but for the war. He has two other brothers serving. Pte. Amos is connected with the Lancashire Fusiliers and was at Bury six months prior to the war, after which he transferred to the East Lancashire Regiment stationed at Barrow. After he had been in France for a month he was overcome by the poisonous gasses of the Germans and was conveyed to a hospital at Lincoln, and on Tuesday arrived home for a few days furlough. Pte. Moses Brocklehurst enlisted, like his brother, at the outbreak of hostilities and joined the Iniskilling Fusiliers. In a letter home Pte. Moses writes; "I expect to go to the Dardanelles and to see Fred and Bob and I shall feel much more happy if I see them." Bob is a son-in-law, Robert Nolan, who is connected with the same regiment as Fred and resided at Water-lane, Radcliffe. All the sons along with the father were employed as Miners at the Outwood Colliery.

Fred was the son of Samuel Brocklehurst b.1862, a coal miner and Sarah Ellen Brocklehurst née Greenhalgh b.1864.

Fred's mother Sarah Ellen died in March 1895, when he was still an infant.

His father married then recently widowed Mary Jane Summerfield née Davison b.1869 at St Thomas and St John's Church, Radcliffe on 14 April 1900.

Fred first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 2 Holly Bank, Radcliffe with his father, stepmother and siblings, Hannah b.1888, Nellie b.1889 and William b.1900 along with the three children from Mary Jane's previous marriage - Thomas b.1890, Moses b.1890 and Elzabeth Summerfield b.1899.

In 1911 Fred was still living at Holly Bank with his father, stepmother and siblings Nellie, Amos b.1897 (listed as Brocklehurst but actually a Summerfield who had been living with relatives in 1901), Elizabeth (also now listed as a Brocklehurst), Amy b.1901, Samuel b.1903, Henry b.1904, Sara Ellen b.1907 and David b.1911.

Fred was listed as working at that point as an engine driver in a coal mine.

His name appears on Little Lever War Memorial.


Name Brocklehurst, Fred
Rank Private
Number 2150
Unit 1st/5th Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Radcliffe, Lancashire
Enlisted 3 September 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
6 June 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial
Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers