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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

Joseph Smith

Joseph SmithBolton Journal and Guardian 4 June 1915

Another Dardanelles Hero

Bolton and district men have been in the thick of the fighting in the Dardanelles, and the casualty roll is exceptionally heavy. Every day brings news of more local soldiers being killed or wounded in the terrible conflicts with the Turks in the Gallipoli Peninsula. The latest hero to lose his life is Pte. J. Smith, Po. S. 714 Royal Marine Light Infantry. He was serving with the Portsmouth Battalion in the Royal Naval Division. In peace times he lived at 1, Percival-st.

Joseph was the son of William James Smith b.1858, a cooper, and Emily Smith née Palin b.1865.

Joseph first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 11 Fairfield Street, Bolton with his parents and brother James Blundell b.1889.

By 1901 Joseph's father was living apart from Emily at 2 Fleet Street, Bolton with his unmarried housekeeper Mary Wood and her daughter Jane b.1900.

In 1901 Joseph was living at 1 Richmond Place, Bolton with his mother and brothers James Blundell, George Sydney Herbert b.1892 and William James b.1900. His mother Emily was working as a charwoman.

Joseph's father was was still absent from the family home on the 1911 Census. Joseph (listed as Joe) was living with his mother and brothers at 1 Percival Street, Bolton and was employed as a side piecer in a cotton mill.


Name Smith, Joseph
Rank Private
Number PO/714/S
Unit Portsmouth Bn
Royal Naval Division
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
3 May 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Marine Light Infantry