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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

Joseph Fisher

Joseph FisherBolton Journal and Guardian 1915

Killed in the Dardanelles

Pte. Joseph Fisher (18676), 1st Batt. Border Regiment, has been killed in the Dardanelles. The deceased, who lived at 19, King-st., was an old militia man, and reported himself at the outbreak of the war. He had been at the Dardanelles since May 3rd, and was killed on August 21st. A native of Atherton, and a collier employed at Messrs. Scowcroft and Son’s colliery, Long-lane, he was 28 years of age, and leaves a widow and one child. In his younger days he was well known as a wrestler and weight-lifter.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 1 October 1915

Killed in Gallipoli

The death is announced to have taken place in the Dardanelles, where he saw much fighting, of Pte. Joseph Fisher (18676), 1st Battalion Border Regiment. Deceased, who was 28 years of age, and leaves a widow and one child, was a native of Atherton, and prior to the call to arms at the commencement of hostilities was employed as a collier at Messrs. S. Scowcroft and Son’s colliery, Long-lane. He was an old Militia man, and in his younger days was a well known wrestler and weight-lifter. In peace times he resided at 19, King-st.

Joseph was the son of John Fisher b.1857, a coal miner, and Ann Fisher b.1856.

Joseph first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 16 Spring Gardens, Atherton with his parents and siblings Mary (Margaret?) b.1876, John b.1878, William b.1879, Isaac b.1882, Tilda (?) b.1865 and Thomas b.1889.

In 1901 he was living at the same address with his parents and siblings Isaac, Thomas, Matilda b.1892, Edward, b.1894, Benjamin b.1896, Elizabeth b.1897 and Amelia b.1900.

Joseph was working at that point but his actual occupation is illegible on the census return.

In 1911 Joseph was living at 38 Spring Gardens, Bolton with Mary Ellen Gill b.1889 who was listed as a relative and her occupation as servant. She also filled in the Census form. Joseph's place of birth was this time given as Millom, Cumberland.

His occupation then was collier/hewer in a coal mine.

Joseph married Mary Ellen Gill at St John the Baptist's Church, Atherton, Lancashire on 25 May 1912.


Name Fisher, Joseph
Rank Private
Number 18676
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Tipton, Staffordshire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
21 August 1915
Age 28
Grave or Memorial Green Hill Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey