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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 Henry Holden

William Henry HoldenKilled in the Dardanelles

Mrs. Holden, of 157, Ellesmere-st., Farnworth, has been officially notified that her husband, Pte. W. H. Holden, of the 1st Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died of wounds whilst serving with the Mediterranean Forces on June 17th. he joined on January 2nd and did his training in Sittingbourne, Kent, previous to being drafted to the Dardanelles. He leaves a widow and three children. He served his time as a clogger with Mr. Martin Wolfendale, of Albert-rd., Farnworth, after which he took a shop of his own at the junction of Albert-rd. and Longcauseway. He was connected with St James's School and church.

William was the son of William James Holden b.1866, a timber sawyer, and Catherine Holden née Hope b.1866.

William first appeared on the 1891 Census living with his parents at 6 Albert Place, Farnworth

By 1901 they had moved to 37 Albert Place, Farnworth.

William James Holden died in 1903.

William's mother Catherine married Benjamin Jones Hughes in 1909.

William married Ann Watson b.1887 at St Peter's Church, Farnworth in 1909.

In 1911 they were living at 161 Ellesmere Street, Farnworth with their daughter Mary Elizabeth b.1910. He was employed as a journeyman clogger.

They had three other children: William b.1911, George b.1913 and Wilfred b.1915.


Name Holden, William Henry
Rank Private
Number 18089
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Farnworth, Lancashire c.1891
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
2 January 1915
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
17 June 1915
Age 24
Grave or Memorial East Mudros Military Cemetery,
Lemnos, Greece
Royal Dublin Fusiliers