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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

John William Nightingale

John William NightingaleBolton Journal and Guardian 30 July 1915

Killed in Gallipoli

The district of Darcy Lever has to record the death of another soldier who has sacrificed his life for his country’s cause. Deceased is Pte. J. W. Nightingale, whose parents reside in Moaty-st. Pte. Nightingale enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was in training in Kent until May 4th. He was killed in Gallipoli on June 30th. Since his departure for training Nightingale never received a furlough. He resided at 29, Maze-st., and was a side-piecer at Messrs. Gray’s, Darcy Lever Bridge Mills. He was a regular attender at Darcy Lever Wesleyan Church and Sunday school. Two other brothers of Nightingale's are serving in His Majesty’s Forces.

John was the son of Moses Nightingale b.1872, a cotton spinner and Eliza Nightingale née Burlison b.1870.

John first appeared on the 1901 Census (listed as William) living at 2 Dover Street, Bolton with his parents and brothers Robert Burlison Nightingale b.1894 and Walter b.1897.

By 1911 he was living at 6 Moaty Street, Darcy Lever, Bolton with his siblings Robert, Walter, Alice b.1902 and Albert b.1903.

At that point John was employed as a cotton piecer.

Name Nightingale, John William
Rank Private
Number 17472
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Bradford, Yorkshire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
30 June 1915
Age 22
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Dublin Fusiliers