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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

Reuben Caldwell

Reuben CaldwellBolton Journal and Guardian 27 August 1915

Wingates Soldier Killed in the Dardanelles

Official information has been received by Mr. Caldwell, 4, Manchester Road, Wingates, that his son, Private Reuben Caldwell (3793) Connaught Rangers, has been killed in the Dardanelles. Pte. Caldwell, who enlisted in January, was drafted to the Dardanelles five or six weeks ago. Prior to enlisting he was employed at the Hulton Collieries. He is a married man, and resided at Croft-st., Wingates, and leaves a widow and two children.

Reuben was born Reuben Lonsdale, the son of Jane Lonsdale b.1868.

Jane Lonsdale married Reuben Caldwell b.1865, a coal miner/hewer, in 1890. It seems likely that Reuben Caldwell was his father.

On the 1891 Census, Reuben was listed as Reuben Lonsdale and living with his parents at 1 Thomas Street, Westhoughton along with sister Jane Caldwell b.1891.

In 1901 he was living with his parents at 2 Manchester Road, Westhoughton as Reuben Lonsdale Caldwell, along with his siblings Jane, Alice b.1893, Hannah b.1895 and Benjamin b.1900.

By the 1911 Census he was listed as Reuben Lonsdale again (Caldwell having been crossed out) and was described as a 'step son' and working as a below ground drawer of coal in a colliery. He was living at 4 Manchester Road, Wingates, Westhoughton with his parents and siblings Hannah, Benjamin, Thomas b.1903 and Elias b.1905.

As Reuben Lonsdale Caldwell he married Lucy Warren in Bolton in 1911. They had two children, Ada b.1912 and Jesse b.1914.

His name is on Westhoughton War Memorial.


Name Caldwell, Reuben
Rank Private
Number 3793
Unit 5th Bn
Connaught Rangers
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1888
Enlisted Hindley, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
10 August 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Connaught Rangers