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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

George Alfred Naylor

George Alfred NaylorBolton Journal and Guardian 10 September 1915

Lost with the Royal Edward

Several Boltonians were on board the Royal Edward when she was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean on the 13th August, and Mr. William Naylor, 79. Venture-st., has received information that his son, Private George A. Naylor, Border Regiment, was not seen after the disaster, and that it is feared he was drowned. On the out ward passage Private Naylor sent a note from Malta, and that was the last communication received from him. He enlisted at the Town Hall shortly after the beginning of the present year, and, having undergone his training at Southend, he was drafted to Gallipoli. Before he attached himself to the Army, Private Naylor, who was 27 years of age, and was on the roll of honour at Slaterfield Wesleyan Church, was a spinner, being employed at Messrs. Marsden’s No. 2 Albion Mills

George was the only child of William Naylor b.1863, an operative cotton spinner / minder, and Margaret Naylor née Stredder b.1864.

George first appeared (as George E Naylor) on the 1891 Census living at 27 Platt Street, Bolton with his parents.

By 1901 the family had moved to 41 Platt Street, Bolton.

In 1911 they were living at 83 Platt Street with two lodgers. George was then employed as a piecer in a cotton mill.

By the time of his enlistment George was living at 79 Venture Street, Bolton and was working as a minder in a cotton mill.

He lost his life alongside hundreds of others when HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-14 while en route from Alexandria to Lemnos. The ship was carrying 1367 officers and men destined for Gallipoli.


Name Naylor, George Alfred
Rank Private
Number 1921
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
4 September 1888
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
11 January 1915
Died At sea
13 August 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey