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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 Guffogg

Samuel GuffoggBolton Journal and Guardian 18 February 1916

Another Deane Hero Falls

Official intimation has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guffogg, 117, Deane Church-lane, of the death of their son, Bombardier Guffogg, of the 1/3rd East Lancashire Brigade R.F.A. The deceased soldier served for some time with the Bolton Artillery (Territorials), and when the war broke out went with his battery to Turton. He was shortly after drafted to Egypt. Guffogg took part in all the fighting with the Bolton drafts. It was while returning from Gallipoli over what is known as the “V” beach, that he was struck with shrapnel, dying two days later. During the last battle on the Peninsula he received his promotion. Sergt. H. Parker, writing to his parents, says:- “I am very sorry to inform you that your son, Sam, was severely wounded by a shell on the night of the 8th of January as we were leaving our position. With myself and two gunners he had to stay behind to the last with our gun. For the time being we had been attached to a Regular Battalion of Horse Artillery. We had just got our gun ready for blowing up when a big howitzer shell pitched amongst us, knocking all of us off our feet. I found Sam was badly hit in both arms and right side, and two more men belonging to “Y” Battery were also hurt. That left myself and another comrade. We carried Sam down to the dressing station on Gully Beach, where we had to leave him. I cannot tell you if he was brought off the Peninsula, but I hope so. We had to hurry away at once to “W” Beach to embark, and were only just in time to catch our party, so that I cannot give you any further information. All his chums deeply sympathise with you, and we hope he will soon be restored to health. He bore up very bravely under his injuries, was quite conscious when we left him and bade us good-bye.” Bombardier Guffogg was a fine specimen of young manhood, standing well over six feet, and proportionately built. In civil life he was a collier at Peel Hall Collieries, and had won several certificates in his calling. He had been for some time a Sunday schoolteacher at Peace-st. Mission, his name appearing No. 1 on the Roll of Honour at that place of worship, and, strange to say, he is the first to fall.

Samuel was the son of Albert Edward Guffogg b.1874, a collier / hewer, and Jane Ellen Guffogg née Bailey b.1874.

In 1901 Samuel was living at 118 Deane Church Lane with his parents, sister Mary b.1897 and brother Hamblet Harold b.1900.

On the 1911 Census he was living at 117 Deane Church Lane with his parents and siblings. His brother had settled for being known as plain Harold. At that point Samuel was employed as an apprentice joiner.

His medical examination on enlistment recorded him as being 5' 9" tall.

His Army record stated that he actually died at Kephalos on the island of Imbros from wounds received at Gallipoli the previous day. He was originally buried at Kephalos but the graves were transferred to the current site after the War.

His name is on the Bolton Artillery War Memorial in Nelson Square, Bolton.


Name Guffogg, Samuel
Rank Bombardier
Number 1044
Unit 1st/19th Battery
1st/3rd (East Lancs) Brigade
Royal Field Artillery
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
12 September 1913
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 January 1916
Age 22
Grave or Memorial Lancashire Landing Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Field Artillery