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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

Walter Alfred Singleton

Walter Alfred SingletonBolton Journal and Guardian 8 October 1915

Corporal Walter Singleton Dies from Enteric at the Dardanelles

Information has been received by his wife at 70, Eustace-st., Great Lever, that Corpl. Alfred Singleton, of the Army Veterinary Corps, has died of enteric fever* in the Dardanelles. Corpl. Singleton was well-known in the Bolton District as a former master baker, and later as a photographer. For many years he was a partner with his late brother, William, in an old established bakery and provision business in Bradshawgate founded by their father. After leaving the Bradshawgate business he took up photography, which had long been his hobby, and quickly developed a connexion, especially with the press. After the outbreak of war he enlisted at the Town Hall in the A.S.C., and later transferred to the Veterinary Corps, popularly known as the Blue Cross. In civil life he always took an interest in horses, and was well-known in Lancashire shows as a judge both of animals and also in the bread class. He leaves a widow and five children.

Walter was the son of Thomas Singleton b.1819, a bread baker, and Ann (later known as Nancy) Singleton b.1832.

He attended Bolton Grammar School from 1895 to 1899.

Walter first appeared on the 1871 Census living with his parents at 73 Bradshawgate with his parents and siblings Elizabeth b.1853, Thomas C b.1855, William b.1858 and Cuthbert b.1860. The household also included a live-in domestic servant. Thomas's occupation is given as provision dealer. For some reason Mrs Singleton is listed as Ann.

The family were still at the same address in 1881 and the family business was by then bread baking. Alfred was living with his parents and brothers William and Cuthbert. Walter (listed as Alfred) was employed as a van boy (probably in the bakery business. The household also included to bakery workers and two domestic servants.

Walter married Annie Margaret Jones b.1867 in Bolton in 1886.

In 1891 the couple were living at 90 Dorset Street, Bolton with their children Minnie b.1887 Walter Stewart b.1888 and Jessie b.1890. The family have a live-in domestic servant. Walter is listed as being a Master Baker and flour dealer.

By 1901 the family were living at 7 Hilden Street, Bolton with their children Minnie, Walter Stewart, Jessie, William Jones b.1891 and Annie Clara b.1894.

Walter was absent from the 1911 Census but Annie Margaret and children Walter Stewart, Jessie, William Jones and Annie Clara were living at 70 Eustace Street, Bolton.

* Typhoid


Name Singleton, Walter Alfred
Rank Corporal
Number SE/4154
Unit 16th Veterinary Section
Army Veterinary Corps
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1864
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
23 September 1915
Age 50
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Army Veterinary Corps