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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

Martin McDermott

Martin McDermottBolton Journal and Guardian 17 December 1915

Killed in Gallipoli

Pte. Martin McDermott (4250), whose wife and three children reside at 31, Acton-st., Halliwell, served in the South African war, and was wounded at Spion Kop. When the present war broke out he re-offered his services and left for the Dardanelles with the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers on June 2nd. He was reported missing on June 4th, and nothing further was heard of him until recently, when he was officially stated to have been killed in action. McDermott, who was 34 years of age, entered the army as a boy, and when the South African war ended he had completed nine years. He was employed by Messrs. Dickinson’s, St. George's-rd., as a labourer. His four brothers are serving the colours.

Martin was the son of Patrick McDermott b.1844, a general labourer, and Bridget McDermott b.1848.

He appears on the 1891 Census living at 27 Back Crook Street with his parents and siblings, Mary Ellen b.1872, Maggie b.1874, Peter b.1876, Patrick b.1878, Annie b.1879 and Bernard b.1883.

Martin Married Elizabeth Ann Armstrong b.1886 at St Mary's Church, Bolton on 7 October 1905.

In 1911 they were living at 30 Acton Street, Bolton with their sons John Henry b.1906 and Thomas b.1908. At that time Martin was employed as a labourer in bleachworks - he also gives his place of birth as being Bolton.

Elizabeth remarried to John W Ackers in Bolton in 1918.

 

Name McDermott, Martin
Rank Private
Number 4250
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Rotherham, Yorkshire
1881
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 June 1915
Age 34
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
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Lancashire Fusiliers