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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 Collier

Joseph CollierBolton Journal and Guardian 14 January 1916

A Dardanelles Hero

Private Joseph Collier, 13th Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on December 16th last. He was the only support of his aged parents, with whom he resided at 29, Pickering-st., Deane-rd. He was a single man, and previous to enlistment, 14 months ago, he was a side piecer at the Melrose Spinning Company’s Mill. He would have been 36 years old tomorrow.

Joseph was the son of William Collier b.1846, a cotton overlooker, and Elizabeth Collier née Gaw b.1847.

In 1911 Joseph was living at 1 Pocket, Blackshaw Lane, Bolton with his parents and his sister Betsy b.1873, who was listed as head of household. Betsy’s son, Stanley b.1906 was also living there.

Joseph’s occupation was given as cooper at that point but he was unemployed.
The 1911 Census also recorded that William and Elizabeth had had a total of 22 children of whom 15 had died and 7 survived.

Name Collier, Joseph
Rank Private
Number 9662
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
16 December 1915
Age 35
Grave or Memorial Lancashire Landing Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers