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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

Robert Derbyshire

Robert DerbyshireBolton Journal and Guardian 18 June 1915

Died from Wounds

News is to hand that Pte. Robert Darbyshire (sic), R.M.L.I. had died in Hospital at Alexandria as the result of wounds received in the Dardanelles. He resided at 32, Grecian-st., Great Lever. He was 19 years of age and enlisted in September. As a boy he attended St. George the Martyr’s School, and was a member of the Mawdsley-st. P.S.A.* He was employed before the outbreak of war as a piecer at Robin Hood Mills, Lever-st.

Robert was the son of Thomas Derbyshire b.1868, an operative cotton spinner, and Louisa Gertrude Derbyshire née Walker b.1868.

Robert appeared on the 1901 Census living with his parents at 1 Dijon Street, Bolton.

By 1911 he was living at 19 Essingdon Street with his parents and brother James b.1904.

At the age of 13 Robert was working as a cotton mule piecer.

Robert died of wounds in No.11 Casualty Clearing Station 'W' Beach (Gun shot wound to head).

* PSA = Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

** CWGC has him buried in Gallipoli but the article suggests he died in Egypt.


Name Derbyshire, Robert
Rank Private
Unit Plymouth Bn
Royal Naval Division,
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted September 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey**
29 May 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Lancashire Landing Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Marine Light Infantry