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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

Frank Lonsdale

Frank LonsdaleBolton Journal and Guardian 21 May 1915

Mrs. Mayoh, 158 Lorne-st., Farnworth, has received intimation from the War Office of the death of her brother, Private T. Lonsdale* (sic) (1616) of the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, which occurred on May 5th form wounds received in the Dardanelles. Lonsdale, whose parents lived in the Halliwell-rd. district, Bolton, was formerly a little piecer for Messrs. Greenhalgh and Shaw, and enlisted seven years ago. Had the war not broken out he would have completed his term in the Army in August. He was then in India, where he had been for five years. His regiment was recalled, and he had three days furlough in march, which he spent with his sister. Shortly afterwards his regiment was sent to Egypt. He has since written to his brother, John W. Lonsdale, who is in the same regiment, saying he was going on all right, but the worst was yet to come. He was looking on the bright side, and believed he would get through all right. Mrs. Mayoh’s husband is also serving with the 1-5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in France. He has seen service with the regulars in the 1st Battalion.


Frank was the son of William Lonsdale b.1843, a cotton spinner, and Hannah Lonsdale née Baldwin b.c.1845

He is listed on the 1901 Census living at 26 Weymouth Street, Bolton with his mother and siblings Elizabeth Ann b.1870, Harry (Henry?) b.1874, James b.1878, Mary (Margaret?) Ann b.1880, Robert b.1883, Hannah b.1884 and Walter b.1886.

There had been another son, John William b.1872 and a daughter, Ruth Ellen b.1874.

Frank's father William was listed as an inmate of the Bolton Union Workhouse at Townleys, Farnworth on the 1901 and 1911 Censuses. His mother appears to have died before 1911.

In 1911 Frank was serving in India as a private soldier with the 1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in Multan, Punjab, India.

* F Lonsdale misprinted as T Lonsdale in Journal article.


Name Lonsdale, Frank
Rank Private
Number 1616
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 April 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers