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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 Horrocks (William Mann)

William Horrocks (William Mann)Farnworth Weekly Journal 21 May 1915


Mrs. Wm. Horrocks, 36, Queen-st., Farnworth, on Sunday received from the Record office, Preston, a notification of the death of her husband, Wm. Horrocks, of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, who was killed in action in the Dardanelles on may 11th. On Monday she received a postcard asking her to send him some tobacco, but she had done this the previous Tuesday, the day he was killed. There is one child, who is eight years of age, but they were only married on Jan. 25 last, when he had five days furlough. Prior to that it was seven years since Mrs. Horrocks saw her husband, he having been in India for that time. he had seen eight years service, and but for the war he would have left the Army last October. He was one of five brothers serving his country, the others being Thomas Mann, Robert, John, and Isaac Horrocks while his brother-in-law, Ernest Eckersley, has just joined the Bolton Pals Battalion.

Farnworth Weekly Journal


John Horrocks, an old age pensioner living at 12, Crompton-st., Farnworth, who was formerly a slater, and whose wife has been dead eleven years, up to a few weeks ago had five sons and a son-in-law in the Army, but unfortunately one of his sons has been killed, and the number is thus reduced. The eldest of the family is is Thomas Mann, of 6 Royley Row, Kearsley, who is with the Loyal Lancashires at Felixstowe. He joined the Regulars as a young man, and has served his term, which included active fighting in the Boer war, for which he has two clasps. he re-enlisted when the war broke out. He was in civilian life as a labourer, and is married, but has no children. Isaac horrocks, the second son, lives in Southport, where he has a wife and two children. He has seen eight years service in the Army with the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, and went through the South African War, and latterly had charge of Army stores. Called up with the reserves when war broke out, he has for some time been in France, but getting a week's furlough, he came over to Farnworth to see his father. At the beginning of last week word was received that he was wounded for the third time, he having got over his previous injuries and rejoined his regiment. The third son, William Horrocks, of 36 Queen-st., Farnworth, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on May 11th. He had seen eight years' service, seven of which were spent in India, and before this war would have left the Army last October. A wife and one child mourn mourn their loss. Robert Horrocks, of 16 Crompton-st., who is also married and a piecer at the No. 2. mill of the Bolton Textile Mill Company, has joined the 2nd 5th Loyal North Lancashire - the Bolton Pals, and a Bolton battery of the Royal Artillery claims John Horrocks, of 12 Crompton-st., as one of its members. He was a piecer at Drake Mill. The son-in-law, William Ernest Eckersley, who also lived at 12, Crompton-st. with his wife and two girls, has joined the Loyal North Lancashires, leaving his place as a collier in Lumb's pit, Pendlebury, to do so.

William was the son of John Horrocks b.1847, a slater and Elizabeth Ann Horrocks née Mann b.1857.

William first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 12 Crompton Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings Thomas Henry b.1879 (before his parents marriage in 1881) , Isaac b.1882, Ellen (Nellie) and b.1884, Robert b.1888.

In 1901 he was living at the same address with his parents and siblings Thomas Henry Mann (now using his birth name), Ellen, Robert, James b.1892 and John b.1897.

At that point William was working as a piecer in a cotton mill.

By 1911 William was serving in India as a private soldier with 1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers under the name William Mann.

Why he used his mother's maiden name is unknown. He may have been rejected for service under his own name and tried again elsewhere.

He (belatedly) married Catherine O'Connor in Bolton - as William Horrocks - on January 25 1915. They had had a daughter, Elizabeth Ann O'Connor but at the time of her birth in 1907 William was already in India.

He appears on the Helles Memorial and on the CWGC records under the name William Mann.

Name Horrocks, William
(Mann, William)
Rank Private
Number 1273
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Farnworth, Lancashire
Enlisted Liverpool, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 April 1915
Age 28
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers