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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

Joseph Parker

Joseph ParkerBolton 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...

Word has been received from the Admiralty that Private (18318) Jos. Parker, 10th Border Regiment, is posted as “missing, believed drowned,” by the sinking of the transport. He was a widower, living at 96, John Taylor-st., and leaves one child. He enlisted in November, and had been in training at Southend-on-Sea and in Essex. He has a brother in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, in training in Aldershot.

Joseph was the son of William Parker b.1843, a mechanic / machine fitter, and Alice Parker née Townsend b.1848.

Joseph first appeared on the 1881 Census living at 30 Coe Street, Bolton with his parents and sister, Margaret Townsend b.1870.

In 1891 Joseph was still living at 30 Coe Street with his parents and siblings Ada b.1884, Mary Jane b.1887 and James b.1890.

Joseph was working as a cotton piecer.

His mother died in 1900.

In 1901 the family were still living at the same address. Joseph was by then working as a coal miner.

Joseph married Sarah Jane Percival b.1880 at St Matthew's Church, Bolton on 17 May 1902. He was employed as a collier at the time.

They had one daughter Alice b.1903. Sarah Jane died in 1906.

In 1911 Joseph was living as a boarder in Moorthorpe, Yorkshire and was working as a coal miner.

His daughter, was living as a boarder with the Rosbottom family at 34 Woodgate Street, Great Lever, Bolton.

By the time of his enlistment in the Army Joseph was living in Bolton again, at 4 Worsel Street. His Army medical examination recorded him as being 5' 8" and weighing 155 lbs.

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.

Joesph's daughter Alice was awarded a pension of 5/- a week.


Name Parker, Joseph
Rank Private
Number 18318
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1875
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
3 December 1914
Died At sea
13 August 1915
Age 42
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey