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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

Samuel Gee

Farnworth Weekly Journal 13 August 1915


Mr. Samuel Gee, of 12, Conway-st, Farnworth, on Monday week received a telegram stating that his son, Private Samuel Gee, of the R.A.M.C., was lying dangerously ill in Malta, and it was regretted that permission could not be granted to visit him. A few days later came the official intimation from the Record Office that the young soldier, who would have attained his 23rd year on Monday next, had died from dysentery on July 3rd*, and this was accompanied by Lord Kichener's letter conveying the condolences of the King and Queen. This week has come a letter from Private Sam Phoenix of the R.A.M.C., from the hospital at Malta, dated August 2nd. stating that Private Gee had passed away at 9-15 the same morning and that all that was possible had been done to save him. In spite of the best medical attention his life could not be saved. The deceased, who was a stripper at the Century Mills, New Bury, enlisted in January at the Town Hall, and after his training went to the Dardanelles about two months ago. His last letter home brought the news that he had landed in Alexandria. He attended St. James's School, New Bury, and was very well known and highly esteemed in that district.

Samuel was the son of Samuel Gee b.1866, a stonemason, and Esther Gee née Blinkhorn b.1871.

In 1901 his parents and baby brother Henry b.1900 were living at 4 Tong Row, Farnworth.

Samuel and his brother Robert b.1896 were staying a few doors away with the Brade family at 6 Tong Street.

Their sister, Elizabeth Ann b.1895, was staying next door to them at 2 Tong Street with the Ogden family.

Their other sister Sarah b.1899 was a patient at Farnworth Infection Hospital.

By the 1901 Census Samuel was living at 4 Tong Row with his parents and siblings Elizabeth Ann, Robert and Sarah.

Samuel was employed as a card tenter in a cotton mill.

His name is on Farnworth War Memorial.

* CWGC date of death is different from newspaper report, which is in itself contradictory.


Name Gee, Samuel
Rank Private
Number 50415
Unit 40th Field Ambulance
Royal Army Medical Corps
Born Horwich, Lancashire
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
January 1915
Died Malta
31 July 1915
Age 22
Grave or Memorial Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Royal Army Medical Corps