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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

Thomas Kelly

Thomas KellyBolton Journal and Guardian 15 October 1915

His Life for his Country

The thread of hope held by Mrs. Kelly, 3, Livingstone-st., Brownlow Fold, for the safety of her son, Corpl. Thos. Kelly, has now been snapped by the official announcement that he is killed. Sometime ago Mrs. Kelly was told by a friend whose son had written home, saying that Kelly had died for his country. As the War Office only stated that he was missing it was hoped he might be a prisoner of war. When war broke out Kelly, who had been a colliery drawer at Deane, had been on the reserve, and after mobilization he was stationed with his regiment at Barrow-in-Furness. He left England for the Dardanelles about the middle of July, and had been in the fighting line about a month. His father is also in the army, having joined the Cheshire “Bantams” Regiment, and is in training with his battalion in Wiltshire.

Thomas was the son of Thomas Kelly b.1875, a machine moulder, and Elizabeth Kelly née Carr b.1876.

Thomas first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 6 Hunt Street, Bolton with his parents and sisters Margaret b.1895, Catherine b.1897 and Mary b.1901.

By the 1911 Census the family were living at 25 Irving Street, Bolton. Mary had died in infancy but there were three more children recorded - John b.1903, Ann b.1905 and Francis b.1910. Thomas was at that time employed as a crofter in a bleachworks.


Name Kelly, Thomas
Rank Corporal
Number 3694
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire c.1896
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
21 August 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers