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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

Robert Selkirk

Robert SelkirkBolton Journal and Guardian 19 May 1916

Fought in Gallipoli

Very little hope is entertained of hearing anything further of Pte. Robert Selkirk (16438), Royal Dublin Fusiliers, a Boltonian who fought in Gallipoli, but information of any kind would be welcomed by his sister, Mrs Gaskell of 65, Parrott-st. he enlisted in the early stages of the war, and after a period of training at the Curragh Camp, sailed for the Mediterranean on July 7th. In January the military authorities reported that he was wounded and missing, and since then all efforts to trace him have been in vain. Aged 30, and married, he was formerly a labourer at Messrs. Peter Crook’s Ramsbottom-st. mills.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 9 June1916

Mill Worker Killed

A War Office message following upon one in which Pte. R. Selkirk (16438), of the Dublin Fusiliers, was reported wounded and missing, has been received by his wife at 13, Tyson-st., Deane-rd., to the effect that he is most likely killed. Selkirk, who was 30 years of age, enlisted in November, 1914, and after training at the Curragh, Ireland, was sent to the Dardanelles. Up to Joining the Colours he worked for Messrs. J. Crook and Sons, cotton spinners, Deane-rd., and attended Emmanuel Day and Sunday School, where he was on the Roll of Honour.

Robert was the son of Charles Selkirk b.1841, a joiner, and Betsy Selkirk née Walker b.c.1843.

Robert first appeared on the Census in 1901 living at 11 Edward Street, Bolton with his widowed mother and siblings Charles b.1873 and Mary Ellen b.1877.

He had two older brothers no longer present in 1891 - John Thomas b.1864 and Joseph Henry b.1866

In 1901 he was still living at 11 Edward Street with his mother and was employed as a piecer in a cotton mill.

Robert married Mary Anne Smith at Emmanuel Church, Bolton in 1907.

The couple were living at 110 Pen Street, Bolton in 1911. They had had one child by then but it had died in infancy. Robert was still working as a piecer in a cotton mill.


Name Selkirk, Robert
Rank Private
Number 16438
Unit 6th Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
10 August 1915
Age 30
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Dublin Fusiliers