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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 Calderley

Joseph Calderley

Bolton Journal and Guardian 8 December 1916

Pte. JOS. CALDERLEY, Loyal North Lancashire Regt., is officially reported to have perished in Gallipoli, although nothing definite as to his actual fate has been heard since August, 1915, when he was posted as missing. Previous to enlisting at the outbreak of war, he resided with his mother at 36, Reservoir-st., Bolton, and worked at Messrs. Walmsley’s forge. Aged 23 he is on the Rolls of Honour at Christ Church and St. Mark’s.

Joseph was the son of Henry Calderley b.1858, a brick maker, and Ellen Calderley née Worthington b.1857.

Henry and Ellen appeared on the 1881 Census living with their cousin's family at 1 Whittaker Street, Bolton.

On the 1891 census Ellen was living (without Henry) at 1 Adam Street, Bolton with daughters Hannah b.1882, Ellen b.1886 and May b.1889.

On the 1901 Census Ellen was listed as widowed and living at 75 Commission Street, Bolton with daughters Hannah, Ellen, Margaret Ann (May) and son Thomas b.1895.

Joseph first appeared in the 1901 Census as the adopted son of John and Ann Gregory of 36 Reservoir Street, Bolton and again at the same address in 1911 as the adopted son of either Mark Gregory (John and Ann's son) or Mary Ellen Bromley (their daughter) and her husband George Bromley.

In 1911 Joseph was employed as a forge hand (castings filer) in an iron works.

Joseph's actual mother, Ellen, lived until 1925 and wrote to the Army asking for information about her son when he was posted as missing at Gallipoli.

At his Army medical examination Joseph Calderley was recorded as being 5' 3 1/8" tall and having a fair/pale complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. He was tattooed with "several dots" on his forearm.

Joseph's cousin, William Shepherd Calderley, was killed in the same battle at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli on the same day, 9 August 1915.

Joseph's other cousin (William's brother), Pte Robert Calderley, was killed in action in France on 1 September 1914.



Name Calderley, Joseph
Rank Private
Number 12094
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1892
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
27 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 23
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment