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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 Duckworth

Robert DuckworthBolton Chronicle 10 July 1915

No 883 Private R. Duckworth, "D" Company of the 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers (T.), who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 7th June. He was 27 years of age, his wife and child residing at 21, Victor Street. He was called up on August 5th, proceeding to Egypt, from where he was transferred to the Dardanelles.

Robert was the son of William Duckworth b.1853, a labourer and Catherine Duckworth née Barrett b.1855.

He first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 25 Britannia Yard, Paradise Street, Bury with his parents, brother John James b.1884, half brothers (from his mother's previous marriage) James Barrett b.1875 and Fred Barrett b.1879, stepbrother William Nabb and cousin Peter Nabb.

There is no obvious marriage recorded for William and Catherine and by 1901 she had reverted to her earlier (presumed) married name of Barrett and was listed as being a widow.

In 1901 Robert was living at 27 Bambury Street, Bury with his mother, half brother Fred Barrett and stepbrother William Nabb, his wife Jane and daughter Lizzie.

Robert was working then as a cotton picker and doffer in a mill.

he married Rhoda Vernon b.c.1888 at St Paul's Church, Bury on 13 June 1908. At that time he was living at 7 Beck Moorgate, Bury and was employed as a forgeman.

Their first child, May b.1909 died in infancy.

By 1911 the couple were living at 3 Brook Street, Bury with their son, William b.1910 and Robert's mother, Catherine. Robert was working as a bolter down (rolling mill) in a steel works.

Another son, Samuel Vernon was born in Bury in 1912 but died in 1913. Their other son, William died in Bolton around January 1914.

The couple had a daughter, Rhoda in February 1914, by which time the family were living at 21 Victor Street, Bolton.


Name Duckworth, Robert
Rank Private
Number 883
Unit 1st/5th Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bury, Lancashire
15 September 1887
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
7 June 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers