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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

James Fowden

James was the son of Thomas Fowden, a cotton operative, and Elizabeth Fowden née Evans b.1851.

All three of their children were born in Bolton, and at that time the family were living in Sunnyside Street, Rumworth, Bolton.

Thomas died around 1878 while James was still an infant. His mother returned to her native Cheshire and remarried to Joseph Hibbert in 1879.

James first appeared on the 1881 Census living at with his mother, step-father and sisters Priscilla b.1876, Mary b.1878 and half brother Thomas Hibbert b.1881.

In 1891 James was listed as living with his parents, siblings and maternal grandmother at 2 Tithebarn, Darwen, Lancashire. He was then working as a warehouse man.

James married Isabella Holden b.c.1875 on 18 October 1898 at St Cuthbert's Church, Darwen, Lancashire.

The couple appear on the 1901 Census living at 80 Duckworth Street, Darwen. James was listed as a baker confectioner.

By 1911 James and Isabella were living at 9 Cavendish Street, Darwen with their sons Norman b.1904 and James b.1909.

In December 1914 James enlisted with the Army Service Corps - ostensibly as a baker. His medical examination showed him to be 5' 3½" tall and weighing 124 lbs. It was remarked that he had slight varicose veins in his left leg and must wear elasticated stockings. His address then was 2 Cavendish Street, Darwen.

His attestation records show that he had a civilian reference stating he was a good baker. However there is also the result of a military test of his skills that stated that he had 'No knowledge of the trade.' He had also lied about his age, claiming to 37 rather than around 40. He was discharged almost immediately from the ASC as 'being not likely to become an efficient soldier'.

James must have re-enlisted soon after with the Border Regiment.

Name Fowden, James
Rank Private
Number 19338
Unit 6th Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 41
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial,
Gallipoli, Turkey