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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

Henry Garner

Henry GarnerBolton Journal and Guardian 5 November1915

Artillery Territorial Killed in Gallipoli

Col. Walker, who is in command of the Bolton Artillery in Gallipoli, reports the death on October 13th of Driver Harry Garner, who received a shot in the head. Driver Garner was 21 years of age, and formerly lived in lodgings in Craddock-st. He had been in the Artillery a number of years and went into camp with them at Turton in August, 1914, and later to Egypt. By trade he was a carter. Col. Walker states that he was a competent telephone linesman and a cheery comrade.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 26 November 1915

Bolton Men in Gallipoli. 18 Battery’s First Death

On Wednesday, the 13th October, a casualty occurred that greatly affected the ranks. Driver H. Garner (1049), whilst on duty as wireman at the forward observation station, was killed during a fusillade of artillery and rifle fire. The bullet caused instantaneous death. “’Jerry’ was the most light-hearted and best-tempered man in his battery, and his cheering laugh and lively song will be always remembered by his comrades. Driver Garner is the first of the 18th Battery to die for his King and country in the great cause. He was buried in the Georghegaris Bluff Cemetery on October 14th. The service was conducted by the Church of England chaplain and was attended by 40 officers, N.C.O.’s, and men. A cross was erected to his memory, and the spot will be reverenced by all.”

On enlistment Henry had been working as a carter for Thomas Walmsley & Sons in Bolton.

His name is on the Bolton Artillery War Memorial in Nelson Square, Bolton.


Name Garner, Henry
Rank Driver
Number 1049
Unit 1/1st (East Lancs) Battery
Royal Field Artillery
Born Bolton, Lancashire c.1894
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
9 October 1913
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
13 October 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Field Artillery