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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

Frederick Marginson Collinson

Frederick (known as Fred) was the son of James Collinson b.1838, a draper and latterly a cotton dresser, and Sarah Ann Collinson née Carson b.1839.

He first appeared on the 1881 Census living at 398 Derby Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings James b.1865, William F b.1867, Sarah A b.1868, Phoebe b.1871 and Elizabeth b.1872.

He first joined the Lancashire Fusiliers at Bury on 9 April 1889, aged 15, having claimed to be 18 on enlistment. He was transferred to the reserve in 1895 at the end of his term of service.

He played football professionally in the 1890s, briefly for Everton and later for Bury FC.

Fred married Mary Walsh b.1872 in 1895 in Haslingden, Lancashire.

He was recalled from the reserve and from December 1899 to March 1900 saw 117 days active service in the South African (Boer) War and may have fought with the regiment at Spion Kop. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa medal with Natal Clasp. He was finally discharged from the Army in 1902.

By 1901 Fred and Mary were living at 19 Eldon Street Bury with their daughter Sarah Ann b.1898. He was then working as a general labourer.

They were all still living at 19 Eldon Street in 1911 although they had been joined by a son, Frederick Leo b.1901. Fred was then employed as a gas meter inspector.

Fred died from gunshot wounds received in action at Gallipoli.

Name Collinson, Frederick Marginson
Rank Private
Number 2213
Unit 1st/5th Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
15 May 1915
Age 41
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers