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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

Alexander James McDowell

Alexander James McDowellBolton Journal and Guardian 10 September 1915

Boltonians in Fierce Engagement

Information has been received that Pte. Alex. James McDowell, (19), one of the sons of W. W. McDowell, 200, Escrick-st., who has given three sons to the services, died of wounds on August 12th. The gallant soldier, who enlisted during the rush to the recruiting office a year ago a week ago this week, was attached to the L.N.L. Regiment, with which he went to Gallipoli in June last year. Prior to leaving England he had been training at Preston, Winchester, Tidworth and Blackdown. In civil life he was engaged by Mr. Percy Southern, Blackburn-rd, Garage. He was also an enthusiastic member of St. Joseph’s Confraternity.

Alexander was the son of Walter William McDowell b.1862, a baker and corn and flour dealer, and Mary Ann McDowell née Pape b.1864.

He first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 345 Halliwell Road, Bolton with his parents and siblings Elizabeth b.1887, Helen (Ellen) b.1888, Annie b.1890, William b.1893, John Henry b.1894, Gertrude Westby b.1898 and Florence b.1900.

By 1911 the family were living at 200 Eskrick Street, Bolton with additional children Herbert b.1901, Hannah Moss b.1904 and Charles Edward b.1900. Alexander was employed as a cop packer in a cotton mill.


Name McDowell, Alexander James
Rank Private
Number 15654
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
September 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
12 August 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment