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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 Shepherd Calderley

William Shepherd CalderlyBolton Journal and Guardian 10 September 1915


In an engagement on the Gallipoli Peninsula on August 9th, the 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, seems to have suffered heavily, a number of casualties to Bolton soldiers in that unit having been reported. Mr. Calderley, of 64, Victoria-grove, has received official intimation  that his son, Pte. William Calderley (12882), 6th L.N.L., has been missing since the engagement referred to. Calderley, who is only 18 years of age, enlisted soon after the outbreak of war, and went out to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in June. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Messrs. Murton’s bleachworks, Astley Bridge, and was connected with Park-st. Wesleyan Sunday School. His younger brother, Pte. Robert Calderley, is at Aldershot with the 9th L.N.L.

Bolton Journal and Guardian

Mr. and Mrs. Calderley, 4 Osborne-grove, Bolton, have been informed that their son, Pte. WILIAM CALDERLEY, L.N.L. Regt., who had been missing in Gallipoli since Aug. 9th, 1915, is now presumed to have died on that date. Aged 20 he was employed at Messrs. Murton’s bleachworks, Astley Bridge, before enlisting in the month War broke out. His name is on the Roll of Honour at Oxford-grove Council School and Park-st. Wesleyan Church.

William was the son of William Calderley b.1863, a moulder's crane drive in an iron foundry and Ann Calderley née Holt b.1865.

On the 1911 Census their address was 64 Victoria Grove, Bolton.

William was the brother of Joseph b.1890, Harry b.1891, Robert b.1893 (see below) Annie b.18995, Bessie b.1902, Harold b.1907 and Stanley b.1909. His older brothers all worked as piecers in a cotton mill in 1911.

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

William's brother, Private Robert Calderley was killed in action in France on 1 September 1914.


Name Calderley, William Shepherd
Rank Private
Number 12882
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1896
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment