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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

Felix Burke

Felix was the son of Irish immigrants Edward Burke b.1863, a dataler (daily paid worker) in a coal mine, and Mary Burke née Murphy b.1869.

Felix first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 24 Bridge Street, Horwich with his parents.

In 1901 he was living at 68 Platt Lane, Wigan with his mother and siblings Annie b.1892, Edward b.1894 and William b 1897. His mother was working as a charwoman while his father was no longer present.

By 1911 the family were all living at 14 Green Street, Wigan - again without their father although their mother was still listed as married.

Mary was still working as a charwoman and all the children were also in employment. Annie was a cotton spinner while both Edward and William were working underground in a coal mine - Edward as a 'lasher on and William (at 14) as a pony driver.

Felix was employed as a railway stableman.

 

Name Burke, Felix
Rank Private
Number 2056
Unit B Coy, 1st/5th Bn
Manchester Regiment
Born Horwich, Lancashire
1890
Enlisted Wigan, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 Jun 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

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