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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

Matthew Fisher

Matthew FisherBolton Journal and Guardian 3 September 1915

Four Brothers. Three Killed in One Battle

Of the Four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. (sic) Fisher, 280, Deane Church-lane, Bolton, who have joined the forces, three have been killed and one has been wounded. The latter is Pte. Harry, of the 1/5th Battalion L.N.I., and he is the youngest of the quartet. He has been injured by shrapnel in the left ankle. He was an enthusiastic footballer, and played with one of the tradesmen’s clubs in the Bolton Wednesday League. The three who have been killed, Privates Albert, Matthew and Jack, were all members of the 6th L.N.L., and fell during two days hard fighting in the Dardanelles. Before the war all three were engaged as minders in Bolton Mills. Albert, who was the oldest, leaves a wife, Matthew a wife and four children, and Jack a wife and two children. All were well known in Deane, though Albert had latterly lived in St Anne-st., Halliwell-rd., and Matthew in Tonge Moor. Jack was a great swimmer, and recovered two of the three bodies of the Westhoughton children who were drowned at Rumworth over 12 months ago. He also recovered a little girl from a lodge close to his home. All the brothers enlisted when the war broke out, though Matthew had been in the Army previously, and taken part in the Boer War. Jack was formerly in the Bolton Military Band.

Matthew was the son of John Fisher b.1859, a cotton spinner, and Mary Fisher b.1858.

Matthew married Alice b.1883 in 1904.

They were living at 4 Beta Street, Bolton in 1911 with their three children: Matthew b.1905, John b.1907 and William b.1910. They had also had another child who had died.

Matthew was working as a piecer in a cotton spinning mill in 1911.

Fisher Family

Back row: Harry, Albert, Matthew (in uniform) and John at the right.


Name Fisher, Matthew
Rank Private
Number 12517
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire c.1883
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
10 August 1915
Age 32
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment