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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

John Dearden

John DeardenBolton Journal and Guardian 24 December 1915

Yeomanry Sergeant Killed

The Bolton Troop of the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry has lost one of its best known and most popular members by the death of Sergt. John Dearden, of 31, Avenue-st. which took place on the Gallipoli Peninsula in November, as the result of wounds. Sergt. Dearden has been engaged on Military Mounted Police work on the Peninsula for the last eight months, and a letter from a colleague, Corporal G. Taylor, states that the two were on patrol duty along with others when a shell burst near them and a flying splinter struck Dearden on the head. He was removed to hospital and an operation successfully performed, but later he had a relapse and died. Sergt. Dearden, who was 32 years of age, and is an old boy of St. Matthew’s School has always been interested in military life, and at the age of 14 he joined the Boys’ Brigade. Two years later he went to South Africa as Trumpeter to the Bolton Volunteers, and served with them through the Boer War, and on his return he joined the Yeomanry in the same capacity, afterwards serving as a trooper and being promoted sergeant. He was exceedingly popular with the troop, and acted as treasurer. About 18 months ago, when General Methuen visited Bolton, he had the honour of leading the procession. In private life he was a spinner, having been employed by Haslam Spinning Company Ltd., for the last 22 years, or since he was 10 years of age. Great sympathy will be extended to Mrs. Dearden and her five children, the eldest of whom is only 11 years of age.

John was the son of Peter Dearden b.1858, a cotton bleacher, and Margaret Dearden b.1856.

On the 1891 Census he was living at 89 Mount Street with his parents and siblings William b.1885, Annie b.1887 and Margaret b.1890.

By 1901 the family were living at 19 Avenue Street, Bolton with the the addition of children Emily b.1893 and James b.1898. John was not present.

John married Betsy Wood b.1882 in 1902. He was then working as a self actor minder in a textile mill.

They appear on the 1911 Census living at 104 John Brown Street, Bolton with children Edna b.1904 John b.1906 Robert b.1908 and William b.1909. Another son, Reginald, was born in 1915.


Name Dearden, John
Rank Sergeant
Number 1924
Unit 1/1st Bn
Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry
Born Bolton, Lancashire c.1883
Enlisted Bolton
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 November 1915
Age 32
Grave or Memorial Lancashire Landing Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry