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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

Thomas Edge

Thomas was the son of Thomas Edge b.1848, a fish hawker, and Jane Ann Edge née Conway b.1857.

Jane Ann had previously been married to John Flitcroft.

Thomas first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 6 Spring Street, Bolton with his parents, sister Bertha b.1890 and step-sisters Martha Ann Flitcroft b.1880, Elizabeth Flitcroft b.1884 and Margaret A Flitcroft b.1885.

In 1901 he was living at 2 Thompson Square, Bolton with his parents and step-sisters Elizabeth and Margaret A Flitcroft. At 13 he was already working as a piecer in a cotton mill.

He briefly joined the Militia as a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers at Bury in March 1905. He was passed as fit at his medical but was discharged as "permanently unfit for further service" a few weeks later.

In July 1906 he joined the Manchester Regiment at Ashton-under-Lyne. His medical examination recorded him as being 5' 7" tall, weighing 111 lbs and having a fresh complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.

He transferred to the Royal Field Artillery in January 1907.

He was caught receiving stolen goods and discharged from the Army in September 1908 after being 'convicted by the Civil Power' and given 6 months hard labour.

A Thomas Edge, born in Bolton, appeared as a private soldier with the Lancashire Fusiliers at their barracks in South Tidworth, Hampshire on the 1911 Census, although listed as being born c.1892.

Name Edge, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 2198
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
28 April 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial
Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers