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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

Harold Fairhurst

Harold FairhurstBolton Journal and Guardian

Fate of Astley Bridge Soldier

Another member of the 6th Battalion, L.N.L. Regiment, Pte. (14,998) Harold Fairhurst has been reported missing after an engagement on August 9th. Pte. Fairhurst was 19 years of age, and before enlisting was employed in the warehouse of No. 2 North End Spinning Co. He was well known in the Astley Bridge district, where he resided with his parents at 53, Cameron-st. He enlisted on Nov. 10th, last year, and after training at Preston, Tidworth, Winchester and Blackdown, went to the Dardanelles about the middle of June.

Harold was the son of Matthew Fairhurst b.1873, an insurance agent with the Refuge Assurance Society and sometime cotton finisher, and Mary Jane Fairhurst née Austin b.1872.

He appeared on the 1901 Census living with his parents, his mother's sister, Susannah Austin and her brother Mark Austin at 45 Cameron Street, Bolton.

By 1911 the family had moved to 53 Cameron Street, Mark Austin was no longer living with them but Harold was working as a warehouse boy in a cotton mill and had a new brother, Herbert Austin Fairhurst b.1907.

Harold's medical examination on enlisting in the Army recorded him as being 5' 4" tall, 112 lbs with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. His occupation was given as labourer.


Name Fairhurst, Harold
Rank Private
Number 14998
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1896
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment