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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 Rathbone

James RathboneBolton Chronicle 10 July1915

Private James Rathbone, 297, Leigh Road , Westhoughton, belonged to the 5th Manchester Regiment. His head was blown off in the Dardanelles.

James was the eldest son of Thomas Rathbone b.1872, a coal miner and Mary Rathbone née Holcroft b.1874.

In 1901 James was living at 372 Wigan Road, Leigh with his parents and siblings John William b.1897 and Hannah b.1899

James's mother died in 1909.

By 1911 he was living at 2 Barker Street, Leigh with his father and siblings John William, Hannah and David b.1903.

James and John William were then working as coal miners.

The somewhat brutal newspaper report above would almost certainly have originated from James's family.


Name Rathbone, James
Rank Private
Number 1750
Unit 5th Bn
Manchester Regiment
Born Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Enlisted Leigh, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 June 1915
Age 19
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Manchester Regiment