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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

Thomas Tither

Thomas TitherBolton Journal and Guardian 3 September 1915

Westhoughton Soldier Killed

Official news has been received that Pte. Thomas Tither (2785) 1/5th Manchesters, 11, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, died on August 15th at the Dardanelles from wounds received on August 3rd. Intimation had previously been received that he was wounded, and afterwards that he was in a dangerous condition. Before joining the army deceased attended the Daisy Hill Primitive Methodist Church, and in his last letter asked to be remembered to the teachers and scholars of that school. Previous to enlisting he was employed at Messrs. Fletcher, Burrows Colliery, and joined the Army shortly after the outbreak of War. He had been in the Dardanelles for several months. When he first joined the army he enlisted in the 2-5th Manchester Regiment, but changed for the 1/5th Manchesters when he went to the Dardanelles. He was a member of the Daisy Hill Football Club, though not in the playing team. In a letter to his parents, Pte. W. Gill, of the same regiment, states that whilst doing some work in the firing line Pte. Tither was caught by a sniper’s bullet.


Thomas was the son of Thomas Tither b.1864, a coal miner hewer, and Hannah Tither née Cartwright b.1872.

Thomas first appeared on the 1901 Census living with his parents at 364 Wigan Road, Leigh, Lancashire.

His mother Hannah died in 1909.

By 1911 Thomas was living at 16 Mabel Street, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton with his father and siblings Elizabeth b.1904 and Joseph b.1909. At 14 Thomas was working underground in a coal mine as a haulage hand.

His name is on Westhoughton War Memorial.

* Death recorded as 15 August on CWGC.


Name Tither, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 2785
Unit 5th Bn
Manchester Regiment
Born Atherton, Lancashire
22 January 1897
Enlisted Atherton, Lancashire
Died Alexandria, Egypt
15 August 1915
Age 18
Grave or Memorial Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Cemetery, Egypt
Manchester Regiment