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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 Ratcliffe

James RatcliffeBolton Journal and Guardian 17 December 1915

Westhoughton Soldier Dies from Pneumonia

Mr. and Mrs. Seth Ratcliffe, 130, Church-st., Westhoughton, have been notified by the Preston military authorities that their son, Pte. James Ratcliffe, died of pneumonia on the 3rd inst., presumably in Gallipoli. Deceased, who was 21 years of age, and an only son, was of a very quiet disposition, and before enlisting was a “lasher” at the No. 2 Hewlitt Pit, Hart Common, belonging to the Wigan Coal and Iron Company. He joined the Army on January 4th last, when he enlisted in the 6th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He was home on furlough at the end of July prior to proceeding to the Mediterranean. Writing home a few weeks ago he stated that he was at Chocolate Hill, Suvla Bay.

James was son of Seth Ratcliffe b.1865, a tripe dealer, and Mary Ratcliffe b.1868.

James first appears on the 1901 Census - as Nathaniel J Ratcliffe - living with his parents at 130 Church Street, Westhoughton. His father was working as an agent for a burial society.

By the 1911 Census he was listed as James and was still living at 130 Church Street, Westhoughton with his parents. His occupation was given as pit boy.

His name is on Westhoughton War Memorial.

Name Ratcliffe, James
Rank Private
Number 16839
Unit 6th Bn
King's Own
(Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Born Leigh, Lancashire c.1894
Enlisted Atherton, Lancashire
4 January 1915
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
3 December 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Hill 10 Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
King's Own (Royla Lancaster Regiment)