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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

Stanley Gill

Stanley GillBolton Journal and Guardian 11 February 1916


Information has been received by his brother, Mr. Wm. Gill,19, Lester-st, Horwich, that Pte. Stanley Gill (19), of the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, was killed in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The hero joined the R.A.M.C. a month after the commencement of the war, but was later transferred to the South Wales Borderers, and went to the Dardanelles in November, 1915, after having been in training at Aldershot, Llandrindod Wells, and Liverpool. The first intimation Mr. Gill had was contained in a letter received from the soldier’s brother, Pte. John Gill, 6th Battalion L.N.L., who is also with the Mediterranean Forces, in which he said “I am sorry to say our Stanley was killed in action on January 8th. There were six men and an officer, and they were all killed by a shell. The enemy then sent two more shells, which buried all of them, and they had to be dug out.” A letter was subsequently received from Stanley’s officer, Lieut. A. Buchanan, in which it was stated that death was instantaneous. At the time of enlisting Gill worked at the Firwood Bleachworks, but was previously employed in the boiler shop at the Horwich Loco. Works. He is one of six brothers, four of whom are in the Army. They are Pte. John, 6th Battalion L.N.L., at the Dardanelles, Pte. Paul L.N.L., in training at Felixstowe, and Pte. Tom, 10th battalion L.N.L., in France.

Stanley was the son of Thomas Gill b.1859, a labourer, and Elizabeth Gill b.1859.

His parents first appeared together on the 1881 Census where they were living in Horwich with sons Thomas b.1879 and John b.1880.

By 1891 the family were living at 1 Gorton Fold, Horwich. Thomas jnr had died but John had been joined by siblings William b.1883, Paul b.1885, Albert Edward b.1887 and Mary Hannah b.1889.

Stanley appeared on the Census for the first time in 1901, living at 5 Gorton Fold with his parents and siblings as above and brother Thomas b.1895. Thomas snr was listed working as a labourer at Horwich Loco Works.

Thomas Gill snr died in 1907. The 1911 Census recorded Stanley living with his mother, brother Thomas and nephew John Walter Gill b.1902 at 4 Tredgold Street, Horwich. Stanley was listed as being employed as an apprentice boilermaker at the Loco Works.


Name Gill, Stanley
Rank Private
Number 24671
Unit 4th Bn
South Wales Borderers
Born Horwich, Lancashire c.1896
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
7 January 1916
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Sout Wales Borderers