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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

William Nuttall

William NuttallFarnworth Weekly Journal 16 July 1915


Mrs. Nuttall of 12, Thomas-st, Kearsley, has received official intimation of the death in action on June 19th, of her son, Pte. William Nuttall (18508) of the Inniskilling Fusiliers. The deceased who was aged 24, was unmarried, and enlisted in January at Farnworth. His last letter home was dated May 27th and was written on board a transport conveying him to the Dardanelles, before Gibraltar was reached. He was a collier at the Trencherbone mine of the Clifton and Kearsley Coal Company, as was also his brother Harry, who is with the Dublin Fusiliers. He attended St. Peter's Church, and used to be an active player in St. Peter's football team.

In his last letter Nuttall says: "I hope you are well at home. We are on a grand ship and and the weather is grand and very warm. This is our fourth day of sailing and we shall land in Gibraltar and anchor there for a few hours and then sail off for seven more days before we land. There is a piano on board and we have plenty of concerts, in fact we are singing the day over. I got a surprise the other day, for I landed on Tommy Myatt, who lives in George-st. There are about 60 on the ship from Bolton and round about, most of whom are from the Border Regiment, but we have a lot of other regiments. If our Harry has gone to the Dardanelles I am sure to meet him because they will be at the base at Alexandria. Don't worry about me, mother. I shall be back with you before long."

Farnworth Weekly Journal 23 July 1915


Writing to Mrs. Nuttall, of 12. Thomas-st, Kearsley, whose son, Pte. William Nuttall, of the Inniskilling Fusilier, has been killed, Mr. T. C. Taylor says: "Please accept my heartfelt sympathy with you in your great loss. You have given two sons to your country's cause in this great crisis. One of them has now made the supreme sacrifice. I sincerely hope the other might be spared to come back to you. In the meantime be assured that life has been given by one and danger faced by the other in no unworthy enterprise, but in the sacred cause of international justice and personal freedom. We are enjoying, as a people to-day, liberties won for us by just such brave men as your two sons and those who come after us as well as we here at home, kept in safety by their valour, will every cherish the memory of our gallant soldiers and sailors with gratitude."

William was the son of William Nuttall b.1857, a coal miner, and Martha Nuttall née Berry b.1858.

In 1891 William was living at 66 Primrose Street with his parents and siblings Ann Berry b.1876, Mary Alice b.1878, John Thomas b.1880, Betsy b.1882, Susannah b.1895 and Harry b.1888.

William's father had died by 1901.

William appeared on the 1901 Census living at 12 Thomas Street, Kearsley with his mother and siblings Ann B, Mary Alice, John Thomas, Betsy, Susannah, Harry, Joshua b.1883 and James b.1894.

In 1911 William was still living at the same address with his mother and siblings Mary Alice, Susannah, Joshua and James.

At that time he was working as a piecer in a cotton mill.

His name is on Kearsley War Memorial.

Name Nuttall, William
Rank Private
Number 18508
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Born Kearsley, Lancashire
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
19 June 1915
Age 24
Grave or Memorial Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers