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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

Robert McGreal

Farnworth Weekly Journal 22 October 1915


Mrs. Kate McGreal, 80, King-st., Farnworth, received word on Friday from the War Office that her son, Pte. Robert McGreal (3596), of the 11th Manchester Regiment, died from wounds on September 19th. McGreal, who was 30 years of age, had worked at Brackley, Wet Earth., and Outwood Collieries, leaving Brackley in August to join the colours. He had had 12 years' service in the Reserves of the West Riding Regiment, and left for the Dardanelles some months ago. His mother received a telegram a fortnight ago to say he was dangerously wounded. He comes of a fighting family. His father, it is stated, took part in the Crimean War, besides which he had service in India and South Africa. His grandfather took part in the battle of Waterloo, and saw Napoleoon's residence at St. Helena. McGreal has two brothers in the Army, Pte Paul McGreal, of the 3rd L.N.L.,and Pte. Charles McGreal, of the 9th L.N.L. Private Higson, his brother-in-law, is in the L.N.L., while his son, Pte. H. Higson, is also serving the Colours.

Robert was the son of Paul McGreal b.1841, a hawker of fish and vegetables and Catherine (Kate) McGreal née Scholfield b.1850.

Robert first appeared on the 1891 Census living in Saddleworth, Yorkshire with his parents and siblings Paul b.1873, Sarah Jane b.1876, John William b.1874, Mary Ellen b.1881, Charles b.1883, Edward b.1888 and Kate b.1890.

Robert's father Paul died in Bolton in 1894 and his mother Kate remarried to John Heyes in Bolton in 1899.

John Heyes died in 1900.

By 1901 Robert was living at 24 Elizabeth Street, Farnworth with his widowed mother and siblings Charles, Edward and Kate. Aged 15 at that time, he was working as a pony drawer underground in a coal mine.

In 1911 he was listed as a patient at the Oldham Union Workhouse infirmary.

Robert died on board HMHS Salta from wounds sustained at Gallipoli.

His name appears on Farnworth War Memorial.


Name McGreal, Robert
Rank Corporal
Number 3596
Unit 11th Bn
Manchester Regiment
Born Oldham, Lancashire
Enlisted Ashton Under Lyne,
Died HMHS Salta,
9 September 1915
Age 18
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Manchester Regiment