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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

Roger Lindsay

Roger LyndsayFarnworth Weekly Journal 26 November 1915


Mrs. Lindsay, 81, Peel-st., Farnworth, received word from two sources of the death of her husband, Pte. Roger Lindsay, of the 6th L.N.L., in the Dardanelles. The Rev. J. Clark Gibson, Wesleyan chaplain wrote as follows: - "October 31st. - By now you will have heard of the death of your husband. He only arrived last night and was hit while the enemy were shelling the lines, with a shrapnel bullet,and almost instantaneously killed. I can hardly say how deeply we were grieved, and how our sympathy goes out to you and yours in your sudden bereavement. As we laid him to rest in a little cemetery on a hill side, from which in the west can be seen the islands of the Aegean (Samothrace, Mitylene) so full of sacred memory, we were very conscious of the blessed presence of Him who speaks to us in our sorrows, saying 'Let not your hears be troubled' and 'I am the resurrection.' May you be even in your deep sorrow be comforted and strengthened by the ever present Redeemed. I have pleasant recollections of preaching in a little Wesleyan chapel at Farnworth whilst a student at Manchester, and seeing your address recalled my presence there one harvest festival."

Private Lowe of 18 Kent-st., writes to his wife:- "I am sorry to tell you that Roger Lindsay was killed the day we landed. He got a bullet in his chest and died in about five minutes. He did not suffer much." Pte. Albert Chapman also writes to his wife at 21. William-st. confirming the news of Pte. Lindsay's death and says, "Give Mrs. Lindsay my sympathy in her sad bereavement. Roger was one of the jolliest lads we had and we respected him very much." The deceased, who was 30 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children, enlisted on November 18th last year in the 12th L.N.L. Regiment, from which he was transferred to the 6th, and went out to the Near East some five weeks ago. He was a collier at Lord Ellesmere's Ashton Field Colliery. His wife has three brothers in the Army.

Roger was the son of Thomas Lindsay b.1857, a coal miner, and Betsy Lindsay née Brooks b.1854.

He first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 125 Darley Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings William Thomas b.1877, Ellen b.1879, Eliza b.1882, Robert b.1884, Mary Elizabeth b.1889 and Jane b.1890.

In 1901 Roger was living at 82 Peel Street with his parents and siblings William Thomas, Ellen, Eliza, Robert, Mary Elizabeth, Jane, Lucy b.1892, Anne b.1897 and Ada b.1901. Roger was then working as a cotton dyer.

Roger married Mary Ellen Christie b.1887 at St John the Evangelist Church, Farnworth with Kearsley, Lancashire on 18 April 1908.

In 1911 the couple were living at 81 Peel Street, Farnworth with their sons, Thomas b.1909 and Walter b.1910.

Roger was working as a collier / waggoner in a coal mine.

Another son, Fred, was born in 1914.

Roger's name is on Farnworth War Memorial.

Leeter to Lindsay family


Name Lindsay, Roger
Rank Private
Number 11/18269
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Little Lever, Lancashire
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
18 November 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
31 October 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Green Hill Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment