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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 Chadwick

Joseph was the son of Henry Chadwick b.1868, who worked in the paper industry, and Deborah Chadwick née Tattersall b.1869.

He first appeared on the 1891 Census living with his parents at 20 Waldeck Street, Tonge, Bolton. Although born in Manchester he lived in Bolton from infancy. His father was then working as a warehouseman in a paper warehouse.

By 1901 Joseph was living at 6 Eldon Street, Tonge, Bolton with his parents, brother Henry b.1894 and his maternal grandfather Joseph Tattersall. His father was by this time working as a traveller for a paper company.

In 1911 the Joseph was living at 349 Tonge Moor Road with his parents, brother Henry and sister Nellie b.1902. His father was still working as a traveller in the paper industry while brother Henry and Joseph were both employed at Bleachworks - Henry as a general labourer and Joseph as a maker up.

By the time Joseph enlisted in August 1914 he was working as a labourer at Dobson & Barlow's works in Bolton. He had already served 4 years in the 3rd East Lancashire Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery.

His address was given as 389 Tonge Moor Road on his attestation papers. His height was given as 5' 8½".

His Army Service Record shows him to have committed a series of very minor disciplinary offences while at Heliopolis (Cairo, Egypt), on board a transport ship and at Alexandria, Egypt. Boredom was a problem among troops camped in Egypt awaiting transfer to the front at Gallipoli.

Joseph was killed in action by shrapnel whilst on duty with a water cart at Gallipoli.

His name is on the Bolton Artillery War Memorial in Nelson Square, Bolton.

Name Chadwick, Joseph
Rank Gunner
Number 1295
Unit Royal Field Artillery
1/19th (East Lancs) Brigade
Born Blackley, Manchester, Lancashire 1890
Enlisted Bolton
6 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
20 October 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Pink Farm Cemetery,
Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Field Artillery