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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

Matthew Reddy

Bolton Journal and Guardian 28 May 1915


News has been received from the War Office by Mrs. Reddy, 8, Slater-st., that her son, Pte. Matthew Reddy, 1st Border Regiment, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on May 14th*. Reddy, who was a single man, has served eight years and five months in the Army, six years having been spent in India. He was one of a party that came from India at the New Year, and was granted four days’ leave preparatory to going to the Dardanelles in February. Previous to joining the Army Reddy was a constant worshipper at St Mary’s Catholic Church, and was in the old Bolton Volunteers for four years. He worked as a painter for Mr. Swarbrick, Chorley Old-rd.

Matthew was the son of John Reddy b.1847, a house painter, and Winifred D Reddy b.1848.

His parents were also listed on various Censuses as Matthew and Catherine / Direndow.

Matthew himself first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 6 Gleave Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Mary b.1875, James b.1878, Alice b.1882 and Winifred b.1889. Another sister, Josephine was born in 1891 and their eldest son, John had been born in 1867.

Matthew's father John died in 1897.

In 1901 Matthew was an inmate of St. Joseph's Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys in Longsight, Manchester. This was to all intents and purposes a juvenile prison for orphaned and delinquent children.

By 1911 he was serving as a private soldier with the Border Regiment in India.

Matthew's medical examination on enlistment in 1906 records him as being 8' 3 7/8" tall, weighing 114 lbs with a fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.

He attempted to obtain a free discharge from the Army in 1907 but was unsuccessful.

He served as a regimental bandsman in peacetime. During his military career he notched up a long string of minor disciplinary offences - mostly for being late on parade - and a regimental report in 1914 described him as "A lazy man, Can do better if he tries. Careless and untidy." His character was also described as 'good'.

* CWGC date of death is 28 April 1915


Name Reddy, Matthew
Rank Private
Number 9204
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
18 December 1906
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
28 April 1915
Age 28
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey