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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

Victor Collins Green

Victor Collins GreenBolton Journal and Guardian 5 November 1915

Harwood Soldier Dies from Wounds

“Died from wounds” is the brief official notification received of the fate of Private Victor C. Green, of the Essex Regiment, who had been serving in the Dardanelles, the news having been forwarded to Mr. Samuel Scowcroft, Higher Barn Farm, Harwood, who had always taken a very deep interest in the lad. Green was left an orphan when only five years old, and was taken out of the Fishpool Institution by Mr. Scowcroft. He enlisted early this year in the R. F. A., and was stationed for some months at Newcastle. After wards he was moved to Harwich, where he was transferred to the Essex Regiment. He sailed for the Eastern theatre of war on Sept. 1st. The gallant soldier, who was only 18 years of age, was on the roll of honour at Harwood Church.

Victor was the son of Joseph Collins b.1862, an iron moulder.

He appeared on the 1901 Census living at 4 Thomas Street, Bury with his father and half sister Elizabeth E Collins b.1890.

Joseph died in 1903, leaving Victor an orphan. "Fishpool Institution" was the Bolton Workhouse on the site of what is now the Royal Bolton Hospital.

On the 1911 Census he was listed as a milk boy (dairy) / servant living with farmer Samuel Scowcroft, his wife Emma Scowcroft and brother Henry Scowcroft at Higher Barn Farm, Harwood.


Name Green, Victor Collins
Rank Private
Number 20178
Unit 1st Bn Essex Regiment
Born Bury, Lancashire c.1897
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
5 October 1915
Age 18
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey


Essex Regiment