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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

William Hodgkinson

Bolton Journal and Guardian 10 September 1915

Lost with the Royal Edward

Several Boltonians were on board the Royal Edward when she was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean on the 13th August...

Mrs. Hodgkinson, 5, Rock-st., Halliwell, has received intimation that her husband, Private William Hodgkinson, is among the missing from the sunken transport, Royal Edward. He enlisted in the R.A.M.C. in January, but after training in Wales, he was sent to Liverpool, and transferred to the South Wales Borderers. Pte Hodgkinson, who was 31 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child, worked at Messrs. Henry Bessemer’s Forge and was on the roll of honour at the Cable-st. Wesleyan Mission.

William was the son of William Hogkinson b.1838, a labourer, and Selina Hodgkinson b.1839.

William first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 67 School Hill, Bolton with his mother and siblings Samuel b.1873 and Ellen b.1876. His father was not present.

William and Selina had at least five other children: Caroline b.1860, Levi b.1862, John b.1867. Sarah b.1869, and Margaret Ellen b.1871.

In 1901 William was living with his mother at 53 Halliwell Road with his mother (listed as Sophia) and was working as a pony driver in a coal pit.

William married Isabella Croston b.1889 at St Mark’s Church, Bolton on 8 January 1910.

The couple appeared on the 1911 Census living at 5 Rock Street, Bolton with their daughter Selina b.1910.

William was employed as a steel forge worker.

His name appears on the Bolton Borough Roll of Honour.

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 Hodgkinson, William
Rank Private
Number 24764
Unit 4th Bn
South Wales Borderers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died At sea
13 August 1915
Age 31
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Sout Wales Borderers