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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

Norman Thompson

Norman ThompsonBolton Journal and Guardian

Killed in Gallipoli Fighting

Many of Bolton’s sons have played a noble part in the severe fighting in the Dardanelles, and already a number of them have lost their lives, whilst others have been seriously wounded. News is to hand that Corporal Norman Thompson, attached to the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who suffered heavily as a landing party, was killed on May 11th*, He is the son of the late Mr. Walton Thompson, Horace-st., and was 25 years of age. He is a single man and has been in the Army about six years, and had served three years in India. He spent a short furlough in Bolton at new Year, prior to going to the Dardanelles early in March.


Norman was the son of Walton Thompson b.1861, a stone mason, and Hannah Thompson née Hadfield b.1862.

Norman first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 46 Cellini Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Harry Walton b.1886, Thomas b.1888 and Minnie Martha b.1890. His father was wrongly listed as 'Walter' on the Census return.

Minnie Martha died in infancy c.1892.

In 1901 he was living at 95 Oxford Grove, Bolton with his parents and siblings Harry Walton, Thomas, Elsie b.1893, Emma b.1895, Hannah Rachel b.1897 and Walton Clare (a son) b.1901.

By 1911 Norman was serving in the Army in India.

Norman's parents were living at 14 Nut Street, Halliwell, Bolton with children Harry Walton, Elsie, Hannah Rachel, Walton Clare, Frank b.1904 and Tilley b.1907.

* Death recorded as 25 April on CWGC.


Name Thompson, Norman
Rank Corporal
Number 2162
Unit 1st Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
25 April 1915
Age 26
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers