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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

Edward Jolley

Edward was the son of Ellen Jolley b.1855.

He was one of at least five children, all baptised without a named father.

When younger, his mother had worked as a surface colliery labourer at Coal Pit Brow, Blackrod - a pit brow lass.

In 1881, shortly before Edward’s birth, Ellen was living at Stafford Place near Hill Lane, Blackrod with her widowed father, John Jolley, her siblings, John, James, Ann and Joseph and her own children James b.1871, John b.1876 and Alice b.1879.

Ellen married Edward Black, a collier at St Thomas’s Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield in April 1885.

Ellen died on 12 December 1890, aged just 35. Her husband continued to bring up her children as his own.

In 1891 Edward was living at Stubshaw Cross, Ashton-in-Makerfield with his stepfather and siblings, John, Alice and Ann b.1884. Ellen’s younger brother, Joseph was also living with them.

In 1901 he was still living in Ashton with his widowed stepfather and sisters. His occupation was shown as a railway brakesman on the 1901 Census.

By 1911 Edward and his stepfather were living with his sister Ann, her husband William Hodge and their two children at 386 Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield.

At that time he had returned to colliery work as a surface overlooker.

Edward married Nancy French at St Thomas’s Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield later n 1911. They had a son, Edward who was born in 1912.

Name Jolley,Edward
Rank Private
Number 17212
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Blackrod, Lancashire
3 July 1881
Enlisted Warrington, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
22 August 1915
Age 34
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial
Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers