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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

Thomas O'Brien

Thomas O'BrienFarnworth Weekly Guardian 23 July 1915


Mrs. O'Brien, of 115 Bridgewater-st. has received official notification that her husband, Private Thomas O'Brien, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was posted as missing after an engagement with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on June 4th. He enlisted on December 3rd., and after being at Dublin, he was drafted with his regiment to Sittingbourne, Kent, before going to the Dardanelles. He was employed as a hod carrier by Messrs. Coope Bros., Bank-st., Farnworth.

Thomas was the son of Patrick O'Brien b.1841, a labourer, and Mary O'Brien b.1843.

He first appeared on the 1881 Census living at Kent Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings John b.1866, Julia b.1868, Mary b.1872, and Edward b.1881.

In 1891 he was living at 121 Bridgewater Street, Farnworth with his siblings Mary and Edward.

In 1901 the family were still living at the same address. Thomas was working as drawer in a coal mine.

Thomas married Mary Ann McAtee in 1905.

In 1911 the couple were living at 115 Bridgewater Street, Farnworth with their sons Thomas b.1906 and John b.1908.

Thomas was working as a bricklayer's labourer.

Thomas's name is on Farnworth War Memorial.

Name O'Brien, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 17474
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Farnworth, Lancashire
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 June 1915
Age 36
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Dublin Fusiliers