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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

James Marsden

James MarsdenBolton Chronicle 17 July 1915

Private Marsden, who belonged to the Lancashire Fusiliers, died in Malta Hospital on June 14th, from wounds sustained in the Dardanelles. He went throught the South African war. He leaves a widow and four children in Raby Street, Bolton.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 10 December 1915

Killed in Gallipoli

Mr. M. Marsden, 96, Darley-st., has received word from the War Office that his third son, Pte. H. Marsden has been killed in action. The casualty is given in an Alexandria list. Pte. Marsden, who was in the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, was 26 years of age, and unmarried. He had been in the Army seven years, six of which were spent in India, where he was stationed when the war commenced. He had five days leave in January, after which he proceeded to the Dardanelles. He was slightly wounded on April 25th, and rejoined his unit on May 26th. Prior to enlisting he was a moulder at Messrs. Dobson and Barlow’s. As a boy he attended the Draycott-st. School. His eldest brother, James, who was in the same battalion, died from wounds during April*.

James was the son of Malachi Marsden b.1856, a stripper grinder in a cotton mill, and Alice Marsden née Ramsbottom b.1858.

He first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 25 Boardman Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings, Mary Jane Ramsbottom (not Marsden) b.1877, Ellen b.1879, Lily b.1880, Annie b.1885, David b.1886, Susannah b.1888 and Henry b.1889.

By 1901 he was living with his parents at 1 Raby Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Ellen, Lily, Annie, David, Susannah, Henry, Esther b.1892, William b.1894, Norman b.1897 and Florrie b.1899.

He married Louisa Webster b.1884 at Higher Bridge Street Primitive Methodist Church, Bolton, Lancashire on 27 February 1904.

They appeared on the 1911 Census living at 13 Raby Street with their 3 children, Malachi b.1907, James b.1909 and Elsie b.1910.

James was employed as a belt repairer at an iron foundry in 1911.

* Actual date of death was 14 June 1915.


Name Marsden, James
Rank Private
Number 13516
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
14 June 1915
Age 33
Grave or Memorial Pieta Military Cemetery,
Lancashire Fusiliers