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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

Albert Grundy

Albert GrundyBolton Journal and Guardian 23 July 1915

Ex-Militiaman Killed

Another Bolton hero who laid down his life in the gallant attempt which is being made to force the Dardanelles is Private Albert Grundy, of the 1st Border Regiment. His eldest sister has received notification to the effect that he died on July 5th from wounds received in the Dardanelles. Grundy was a single man, 27, and was formerly employed at the Horwich Loco Works. He has three sisters and one brother in Bolton and another brother, William, is at present with the Royal Field Artillery in Wiltshire. The deceased formerly worked with Mrs. Walker, Chorley Old-rd. For a number of years he was in the Militia and had been about three years on reserve when the war broke out. He was called up for service and stayed at Barrow-in-Furness until four months ago. He was then drafted to the Dardanelles and died as stated from wounds received.

Albert was the son of William Grundy b.1847, a steel forge labourer, and Sarah Grundy b.1851, a cotton weaver.

Albert first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 41 Forge Street. Bolton with his parents and siblings: James Robert b.1876, William b.1879 and Sarah b.1887. He also had two older sisters who had married and left home by that point: Mary Ellen b.1867 and Elizabeth b.1869.

His father died in 1900 and in 1901 Albert was living at 19 Buxton Street with his mother and sister Sarah. He was also - at the age of 11 - working as a cotton piecer (half timer).

On the 1911 census he appeared (incorrectly described as having been born in Oldham) living as a boarder in the household of Mrs Priscilla Walker at 19 Benson Street, Bolton and was working as a cotton doubler.

On enlistment in 1915 he was still living at 19 Benson Street. His occupation was given as castor maker. His medical examination records him as being 5' 3" tall.

His Army Service Record states that he was admitted to the 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt on 3 July 1915 having been wounded in action: shrapnel wounds to his right thigh, right eye and right axilla (armpit). He died from his injuries two days later.

His effects and medals were instructed to be sent to Miss Esther Duckworth b.1889 of 11 Benson Street, Bolton.

Albert’s name is on the Horwich Loco Works War Memorial.


Name Grundy, Albert
Rank Private
Number 19161
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
8 January 1915
Died Alexandria, Egypt
5 July 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey