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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

Cornelius Seeler

Bolton Journal and Guardian 30 July 1915


News has been received that Pte. Cornelius Seeler, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed in action in Gallipoli on June 29th. Pte. Seeler enlisted in December, and never had a leave except a few days to attend the funeral of his child. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Messrs. Partington and Co., builders and contractors. He was a worshipper at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. His Bolton address was 9, Hengist-st., Tonge Fold, and he leaves a widow and five children.

Cornelius appeared on the 1911 Census living as a boarder at 55 Matthew Street, Bolton in the household of Michael and Annie Kennedy.

He was employed as a sewerage labourer.

Cornelius married Sarah Jane Cotterell née Peart in Bolton in 1913. She was a widow with four young children at the time.

The couple had two more daughters, Mary C b.1913 and Sarah J b.1914. Both died in infancy.

* A Cornelius Seeler, born in Ireland, appeared on the 1901 Census living in Bristol and working as a grain porter but his age then was given as 25 - ie b.1876.

Name Seeler, Cornelius
Rank Private
Number 17844
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Ballymacelligott, Kerry, Ireland
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
December 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
29 June 1915
Age 33*
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Dublin Fusiliers