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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 Horrocks

SAmuel HorrocksBolton Journal and Guardian 30 June 1916

A Fusilier Hero

A native of Bolton, though latterly resident in Bury, Pte. Samuel Horrocks, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was officially posted as missing on June 6th, 1915, is this week reported to have died in action. Horrocks had no parents and was better known as Jopson, Mr. and Mrs. Jopson, 20, Bolton-st., Bury, having adopted him in infancy. Some years ago they conducted a business in the Tonge Moor and Chorley Old-rd. districts, where Horrocks was a familiar figure. His sister resides at 10, Percy-st., Bolton, where the news of his death was conveyed.

Samuel was the son of John Horrocks b.1854 and Emma Horrocks née Hoyle b.1854.

Samuel first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 28 Nottingham Street, Bolton with his widowed mother and his siblings Zilpha b.1879, George H b.1880, Alfred b.1886 and Herbert b.1900. The family were lodging with another widow and her children bringing the total to 12 people living in a 4 room house.

His adoptive parents were Philip Jopson, an ice cream manufacturer and sometime brush maker, and Sarah Jane Jopson.

On 1901 Census he was listed as Samuel Horrocks living with the Jopson family as their son at 133 Chorley Old Road, Bolton.

By the 1911 Census he was living at 40 Princess Street, Bury with the Jopson family. He was listed as Samuel Horrocks (a boarder - not son) and was working as a shop assistant (probably in the Jopson family business).



Name Horrocks, Samuel
Rank Private
Number 2185
Unit 1st/5th Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
6 June 1915
Age 32
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers