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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 Durning

Robert DurningBolton Journal and Guardian 17 September 1915

Private Robert Durning (12534), attached to C Company of the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, has also been posted as missing from August 9th. He is a well-built young fellow of 23, and has been serving the colours since August, 1914. On enlisting he was drafted to Preston for training, later to Tidworth, Winchester, and Blackdown, leaving for the Dardanelles in June. He was formerly employed at Messrs. Tootal Broadhurst Lee Company’s Mill, Daubhill, and resided with his parents at 18, Grendon-st, Morris Green-lane.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 22 September 1916

His parents chief support, Pte. ROBT. DURNING, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, has just been reported killed in the Gallipoli campaign on August 9th, 1915, since which date nothing has been heard of him. He was an old Sunning Hill schoolboy, residing at 18, Grendon-st., Bolton, and worked as a beam carrier at the Tootal Broadhurst Lee Company’s mill. Durning’s name is on the Roll of Honour at Morris Green Church.

Robert was the son of Robert Durning b.1857, an engine driver, and Margaret Durning née Grice b.1851.

Margaret had children from a previous relationship: Mary Grice b.1876 and John Robert Grice b.1879.

The Grice children appeared as Durnings on the 1891 Census when the family were living in Sutton, St Helens, Lancashire. There were four other daughters: Ellen b.1882, Margaret b.1884, Martha Jubilee b.1887 and Sarah b.1890.

Robert's father died in 1896 and by 1901 the family were living at 24 Sunninghill Street, Bolton.

In 1911 they were living at 18 Grendon Street, Morris Green, Bolton. Robert was working as a piecer.

Robert's medical examination on enlisting in the Army recorded him as being 5' 7 1/4" tall, weighing 128 lbs with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.


Name Durning, Robert
Rank Private
Number 12534
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Sutton, St Helens, Lancashire 1892
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
29 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 23
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment