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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 Marsden

Thomas MarsdenBolton Journal and Guardian 8 October 1915

Deane Soldier Missing

A goodly number of Boltonians have been posted as missing in the operations in the Gallipoli Peninsula, and the list is augmented by the inclusion of the name of Pte. Thos. Marsden, 1st battalion Border Regiment, the son of Mr. W. Marsden, 4, Gordon-avenue, Deane. The gallant soldier took part in the fighting on August 21st but since then nothing has been heard of him. He enlisted in November last in the 3rd Battalion, and was stationed for some time at Carlisle and Shoeburyness, but learning that the 1st Battalion were under orders to proceed to the front, and being very eager to get on active service he applied for and received his transfer. He landed at the Dardanelles on may 8th, and received his baptism of fire a few hours afterwards. Since then he has been in several important engagements, but until August 21st he escaped unscathed. Pte. Marsden, who was only 19 years of age, worked in civil life at Tong’s Brewery, and was on the Roll of Honour at The Saviour’s Church.

Thomas was the son of William Marsden b.1876, a petrol motor waggon driver, and Maria Marsden née Caterall b.1877.

He first appeared on the 1901 Census living in Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Lancashire with his parents and sisters Eva b.1886 and Ada Alice b.1901.

By 1911 Thomas and his parents had moved to 17 Bankfield Street, Bolton with children Eva, Ada Alice, James b.1904 and Victor William b.1908. Thomas was then employed as a little piecer in a textile spinning mill.

His parents later lived at the Antelope Hotel, Little Hulton.


Name Marsden, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 18134
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Leyland, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
November 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
21 August 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey