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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

James Grogan

James GroganBolton Journal and Guardian 3 September 1915

Maxim Gunner Killed in Gallipoli

News is to hand regarding the death in action at the Dardanelles of Lance-Corporal James Grogan, whose parents reside at 12, Eldon-st., Tonge Moor. He enlisted on Dec. 5th in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and after spending a few days in Ireland was sent to Sittingbourne, where he remained in training until May 14th. He was then drafted from Devonport to the Dardanelles. On landing he was entrusted with a Maxim gun, and it was whilst serving with this that he met with his death. His parents first received news of their son’s death in a letter from a comrade. On Aug 3rd the news was verified by Pte. Joseph Kindred, also of Bolton, who has been twice wounded. It was not, however, until Aug. 24th. That official news was received. Deceased was a very highly respected member of St. Mary’s, where he was head acolyte. This year was the first time for 17 years that he has failed to be present in the annual Catholic procession. He was 20 years of age, and was formerly employed as a side piecer at the Mill Hill No. 1 Mill. Sympathetic reference to the death was made at all services at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

James was the son of James Grogan b.1871, a cotton spinner / self-actor minder, and Margaret Ellen Grogan née Flaherty b.1872.

In 1901 James was living at 62 Horsa Street, Bolton with his parents and brother Daniel b.1897 and Thomas b.1899.

By 1911 the family were living at 50 Pole Street, Bolton along with three additional children: Mary Teresa b.1902, Joseph b.1905 and Francis b.1908. James jnr was by that time working as a piecer in a cotton mill.


Name Grogan, James
Rank Private
Number 17514
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
12 July 1915
Age 20
Grave or Memorial Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Dublin Fusiliers