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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

John Robert Martland

James Mather Bolton Journal and Guardian 17 September 1915

More 6th Lancashire Losses
After Suvla Bay Landing

Reports continue to come to hand of local casualties in the 6th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Pte. J. R. Martland, whose wife resides at 117, Mill Hill-st., has been missing since August 9th. He was one of the early volunteers for imperial service, enlisting during the early days of the war. After training in various centres in England he sailed with his battalion to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and in a letter written by him on the 3rd August he described the severe character of the fighting and the work the battalion had done in the trenches. Prior to the war, Pte. Martland, who is 26 years of age, was employed at Messrs. Blair and Sumner’s, Mill Hill Bleachworks.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 1 December 1916

An official report received by Mrs. Martland, 117, Mill Hill-st., Bolton, states that her husband, Pte. JOHN R. MARTLAND, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, is now included amongst those presumed to have died. He had been missing since an engagement in Gallipoli on August 9th, 1915, nearly 12 months after joining the Colours. Twenty-six years of age, and an old boy of St. John’s School, Martland formerly worked at Messrs. Blair and Sumner’s Bleachworks, Mill Hill. He leaves two children.

John was the son of James Martland b.1868, a cloth drier at a bleachworks, and Catherine Martland née Tankard b.1868.

He first appeared (listed as Markland) on the 1891 Census living at 38 Craddock Street, Bolton with his parents, great-grandmother, aunt and sister Edith b.1890.

On the 1901 Census (again listed as Markland) he was living at 5 Hope Street with his parents and siblings Edith, Mary Alice b.1893, Annie b.1896, James Nathan b.1899.

By 1911 the family (finally listed as Martland!) were living at 5 Kestor Street, Bolton and had had another son, Fred b.1906. John was employed as a bleacher's labourer.

John married Mary A Marsh at St John's Church, Bolton in 1913.


Name Martland, John Robert
Rank Private
Number 11537
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1889
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 26
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment