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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

Henry Cartwright Helliwell

Farnworth Weekly Journal 17 September 1915


The sad news is received that Corpl. C. H. Helliwell, the youngest son of the Rev. J.U. Helliwell, formerly of Farnworth and Walden, went down with the Royal Edward. His parents have received official intimation and many people in the district are grieved. It is five years since the Rev. J. U. Helliwell was here, when the deceased, then about 17 years of age, was in an architect's office in Manchester. The latter's pleasing disposition won the good will of everyone he met, and great hopes were entertained for his future. After leaving Walkden he distinguished himself as a local preacher. He joined the army shortly after the commencement of war. It is said that Corpl. Helliwell had gone down to the cabin of the ship to write a letter home when she was struck.

Henry was the son of the Rev James Uttley Helliwell b.1852, a Wesleyan Methodist minister and Harriet Helliwell née Cartwright b.1864.

He appeared on the 1911 Census living at 229 Great Clowes Street, Broughton with his parents and half brother John William b.1876.

He was listed as being an architect's pupil at that time.

Henry attended Farnworth Grammar School and was on the War Memorial there until the school was demolished after closing in 1982.

His name also appears on the Roll of Honour of Manchester Municipal School of Art.

He lost his life alongside hundreds of others when HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-14 while en route from Alexandria to Lemnos.

The ship was carrying 1367 officers and men destined for Gallipoli.

Name Helliwell, Henry Cartwright
Rank Corporal
Number 433
Unit 2nd/1st East Lancs Field Ambulance
Royal Army Medical Corps
Born Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died At sea
13 August 1915
Age 22
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Army Medical Corps