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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

Walter Freeman

Walter FreemanBolton Journal and Guardian 24 March 1916


The Freemans, of 19 Merrick-st, are a family of fighters, four sons and the father having responded to the call. The father put in 21 years with the old Bolton Volunteers, and is now with the 5th King’s Liverpool Regt., guarding prisoners on the Isle of Man. Walter, 19 years of age, joined the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, and was drowned when the Royal Edward was torpedoed. Richard, 32 years of age, was in the fighting at Suvla Bay with the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was wounded in the right arm. He is now in hospital. Matthew is stationed at Edinburgh with the K.S.O.B. John is a bombardier with the Bolton Artillery at Bettisfield Park Camp, having served five years with that unit.

Walter was the son of John Freeman b.1858 a labourer and Mary Freeman née Wood b.1858.

His father, John died around January 1901.

Walter appeared on the 1901 Census living at 69 Drummond Street, Astley Bridge, Bolton with his mother and siblings Rebecca b.1880, Elizabeth b.1882, John b.1890 and Matthew b.1892.

In 1901 his older brother, Richard b.1887 was, aged 14, an inmate of the North Lancashire Reformatory for Boys, Bleasdale, near Garstang, Lancashire.

Walter and his mother don't appear to be recorded on the 1911 Census.

His mother remarried to Thomas Barnes in Bolton in 1913, who would appear to be the 'father' referred to in the newspaper article above. The age of 19 appears to refer to how old Walter was on enlistment rather than at time of his death.

Walter lost his life alongside hundreds of others when HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-14 in the Aegean Sea while en route from Alexandria to Lemnos.

The ship was carrying 1367 officers and men destined for Gallipoli.


Name Freeman, Walter
Rank Private
Number 11636
Unit 1st Bn
King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Ashton-under-Lyne,
Died At sea
13 August 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial,
Gallipoli, Turkey
King's Own Scottish Borderers