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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

Alfred Carey

Alfred CareyBolton Chronicle 17 July 1915

Killed in Dardanelles

A few days ago we recorded that 2404 Lance Corporal A. Carey, "A" Co., 1st Batt. Lancs. Fusiliers, had sustained a gunshot wound which had penetrated his head. His parents, who reside at 17, All Saints Street, Bolton, have been told that he ha passed away in hospital at Alexandria, Egypt. Deceased was 20 years of age, and had served in the Army for four years. He joined the 2nd Battalion, and went out to India, where he was transferred to the 1st Battalion. On the outbreak of war his battalion first moved to Aden, and in January last they sailed to England, and after a short stay at Nuneaton proceeded to the Dardanelles as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Private Carey was a first-class shot.

The last letter he actually wrote home was from a battleship, in which he said - "We expect some very hard work is at hand. I am tired of being on the water so long, and don't care how soon we get to work." While in hospital, friends had written home at his request to say that his wounds were healing, and he looked forward to early removal to a hospital in England.

Alfred was the son of John Thomas Carey b.1865, a blacksmith, and Maria Carey née Heaviside b.1863.

Alfred first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 6 St George's Court, Bolton with his parents and siblings John b.1888, William Stewart b.1893, Emily b.1898 and Bertha b.1900.

In 1911 he was living at 8 Gleave Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings William Stewart, Emily, Bertha, Arthur Stanley b.1902 and Lena b.1905. Alfred was working as a scutcher in a bleachworks.

Name Carey, Alfred
Rank Corporal
Number 2404
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Alexandria, Egypt
5 July 1915
Age 20
Grave or Memorial Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Cemetery, Egypt
Lancashire Fusiliers