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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

Albert Shackleton

Albert ShackletonFarnworth Weekly Journal

Sodier's Death In Infirmary

Pte. Albert Shackleton, of the Dublin Fusiliers, whose wife resides at 59, Campbell-st., Farnworth, died last night week in the Bolton Infirmary, where he had been undergoing treatment since October. Pte. Shackleton, who was 38 years of age on the Sunday before his death, was a native of Oldham, but came to Farnworth with his wife and four children four years ago, when he became an iron worker at Messrs Ryder's Foundry, Folds-rd., Bolton. He enlisted in the Dublin Fusiliers in December, 1914, and the following June went to the Dardanelles. in August, apparently during the severe fighting, which almost resulted in an Allied success, he was buried in a trench which was blown in by a shell, and was very severely crushed about the back, arm and legs. He was taken to hospital at Cairo and later removed to Birmingham, when at his own request he was brought to Bolton so as to be near his family. Here his injuries were healed, but he had suffered from dysentery, and this brought about serious complications, which resulted n his having to undergo several operations. He was very much weakened, and died after one of these. He funeral took lace at Farnworth Cemetery on Monday and was performed by the Rev. A. E. Swallow, vicar of All Saints, Moses Gate, who had paid him several visits whilst in the Red Cross Ward of the infirmary.


Albert was the son of Robert Shaw Herbert Shackleton b.1847, an iron moulder, and Ann Shackleton née Kirkland b.1845.

Albert first appeared on the 1881 Census living at 121 Featherstall Road, Oldham, Lancashire with his parents and siblings George b.1874, Arthur b.1877 and Mary Jane b.1880. His father's adult brothers, James and William also shared the house.

Albert married Annie Maud Tootell b.1878 at Bolton Parish Church on 27 October 1900. At that point Albert was living at 1 Fairfield Street, Bolton and working as a ring turner.

In 1901 they were living at 8 Oswald Street, Oldham. Albert was working as an iron turner fitter.

By 1911 the couple were living at 9 Lime Street, Chadderton with their children Albert b.1902, Alice b.1903 and William Herbert b.1905.

Albert was then recorded as working as a labourer.

They had a second daughter, Ann in 1912.

The family moved to Farnworth some time after 1912 and Albert worked at Ryder's Foundry, Bolton as an iron moulder.

He enlisted at the start of the War in 1914 but was severely crushed in a trench while serving at Gallipoli. He was evacuated to Egypt and was later shipped back to the UK. He never left hospital again and eventually died from complications resulting from his injuries

Albert's name is on Farnworth War Memorial.

Name Duffy, Martin
Rank Private
Number 17526
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Oldham, Lancashire
Enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire
Died Bolton Infirmary
2 March 1916
Age 38
Grave or Memorial Farnworth Cemetery, Lancashire
Lancashire Fusiliers