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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 Flanagan

Thomas FlanaganBolton Journal and Guardian 13 October 1915

Mother’s Double Loss

Whilst entertaining fears for the safety of her son, James, who has been reported missing in Gallipoli, Mrs Flannagan (sic), 9, Royal-row, Crook-st., has now learned officially that another son, Lance-Corporal Thomas Flannagan, has died of dysentery. The brothers were both attached to the L.N.L. Regiment, and left for the Dardanelles about six weeks ago. Thomas, who was 28 years of age, leaves a wife and two children, who reside at 1 Whittaker-st. He was formerly employed by Messrs. Brown’s waste merchants, Bridgeman-place. Pte. James Flannagan is 22 years of age, and prior to enlisting in October last year was a fitter at Messrs. Dobson and Barlow’s, Bradley Fold. Both brothers worshipped at St. Patrick's.

Thomas was the son of Patrick Flanagan b.c.1857 and Honora (Norah) Flanagan née Woods b.c.1861.

He appeared on the 1891 Census living at 2 Bolling Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings, Norah b.1881, Mary b.1883, Catherine b.1885 and John b.1888.

In 1901 Thomas was living at 188 Blackhorse Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Norah b.1881, Mary, Catherine (Katie), John b.1888, Ellen b.1892 and James b.1893.

The names of Thomas and his father Patrick appear to have been transposed by the ennumerator.

Thomas married Phoebe Anne Leigh b.1887 in Bolton in 1910.

On the 1911 Census they were living at 1 Whittaker Street, Bolton and Thomas was working as a cotton warehouseman.


Name Flanagan, Thomas
Rank Lance Corporal
Number 16990
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire c.1887
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Malta
25 September 1915
Age 28
Grave or Memorial Addolorata Cemetery,
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment