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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

James Norris

Bolton Journal and Guardian 14 July 1916

A Hero of the Dardanelles

After being reported missing since June 1915, the news has been received this week by his parents, who reside at 91, Nuttall-st., that their son, Stoker James Norris, was killed in the Dardanelles on June 4th, 1915. Stoker Norris had previously served five years in the Navy and had been on the reserve two years when the war broke out. He was immediately called up and joined the Royal Naval Division. He fought in the memorable retreat from Antwerp. Norris afterwards returned home on a short furlough. He was then sent to the Dardanelles in May, 1915, and after a month was reported missing. Prior to enlisting Stoker Norris worked at Messrs. Entwistle’s mill, Washington-st. He was 27 years of age. He worshipped at the Saviour’s Church, where he is on the Roll of Honour.

James was the son of Samuel Norris b.1862, a picker maker in a cotton mill, and Mary Jane Norris née Hardman b.1862.

James first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 88 Nuttall Street, Bolton with his parents and brothers William b.1887 and Samuel b.1890. His cousin, Alice Golding b.1889, was also part of the family.

By 1901 James had moved across the road to 91 Nuttall Street with his parents and brothers William, Samuel, Miles b1894, John b.1897 and Harold b.1899 and cousin Alice Golding.

James was serving in the Royal Navy by 1911.

His parents and brothers were still living at 91 Nuttall Street and had been joined by new children Harry b.1902, Mary Jane b.1904 and Ralph b.1907. Alice Golding - at the age of 22 - was listed as their adopted daughter.


Name Norris, James
Rank Stoker 1st Class
Number SS/105349
Unit Howe Bn
Royal Naval Division
Born Bolton, Lancashire
19 July 1888
Enlisted 4 July 1907
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 June1915
Age 26
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Howe Bn Royal Naval Division