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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

Hugh McCarthy

Hugh McCarthyBolton Journal and Guardian 24 December 1915

Quartermaster’s Fine Record

By the death of Company-Quartermaster Sergt. Hugh McCarthy (3504), 6th L.N.L., whose wife, residing at 16, Claughton-st., is officially informed that he died on November 24th from wounds received with the Mediterranean Forces, light is thrown on a splendid record of service. An old soldier, McCarthy was one of the heroic defenders of Ladysmith in the South African War, losing the first finger of his right hand in the famous siege, and though his career has ended in Gallipoli, he was one of Sir John French’s first army who checked the German advance on Calais many months ago. Joining the Army at 17, he was with the King’s Liverpool Regiment in the African campaign, and completing nine years went on pension. He was employed at Lee’s Victory Ironworks when the present war began, and still in his prime - he was only 36 - re-enlisted in the L.N.L. on August 29th last year, and within five weeks was in the thick of the fighting in France. McCarthy took part in severe engagements at Ypres and La Bassee, and at the former place was wounded in the right arm. He arrived in Manchester on Christmas Eve and after six weeks in hospital at Ashton-under-Lyme, enjoyed a month at home before joining a unit at Felixstowe. His services were highly valued as an old campaigner, and, drafted to the Mediterranean, he rose from the rank of corporal to company-quartermaster sergeant. He wrote home five days before the date of his death, and made no mention of anything amiss. Mrs. McCarthy is left with five young children, the eldest aged eight. Deceased was an adherent of SS Peter and Paul’s Church and appears on the Roll of Honour there.

Hugh was the son of John McCarthy b.1843, an iron puddler, and Mary Ann McCarthy née Broderick b.1845.

In 1881 Hugh was living at 2 Back Rothwell Street, Bolton with his parents, uncle and siblings Sarah A b.1869, Denis b.1871, Mary E b.1873 and Catherine b.1881.

In 1891 Hugh, Denis and Mary were living at 4 Barn Street, Bolton with their aunts, Margaret and Ann Broderick.

Hugh enlisted in the Militia with the King’s Liverpool Regiment at Warrington on 1 October 1896. At the time he was employed as a moulder for Bolton Engineering Company. His medical examination recorded him as being 5' 5 1/2" tall with a florid complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.

On 17 November 1896 he enlisted in the King’s Liverpool Regiment as a regular soldier. He was eventually promoted to Corporal for a short period but was reduced to the ranks late in 1899 after a disciplinary offence and completed his full service in November 1908 as a private soldier.

He served in South Africa from 1899 to 1902.

Hugh married Mary Ann Harkin b.1878 at Ss Peter and Paul's RC Church, Bolton 18 August 1906.

In 1911 they were living at 13 Baldwin Street, Bolton with their children Ellen b.1908 and Gerard b.1910. Hugh was then working as a hoop iron roller.

The couple had 3 more children - Agnes b.1911, Alice b.1913 and Kathleen b.1915.

After re-enlisting at the start of the war in 1914 Hugh was rapidly promoted from private to Sergeant. He became Company Quartermaster Sergeant in the field at Gallipoli. His final field promotion to Company Sergeant Major was confirmed posthumously.


Name McCarthy, Hugh
Rank Company Sergeant Major
Number 3504
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire c.1878
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
29 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
24 November 1915
Age 37
Grave or Memorial Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment