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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

Jesse Vickers

Jesse VickersFarnworth Weekly Journal 22 October 1915

FOOTBALLER KILLED

Mr. John Vickers, of 51, Bolton-rd., Kearsley, has received official intimation that his son, Private Jesse Vickers (19380) of the 6th Batt., L.N. Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on September 9th at the Dardanelles. Pte. Vickers, who worked in the electrical department of the Chloride works at Clifton, enlisted on January 8th. He left for the front on August 28th, and must not have been in the trenches when he met his death. He had many friends in Kearsley, and was a regular attender at St. Stephen's Church, Kearsley, where the Rev. W. J. C. Scarlin, vicar on Sunday evening, made reference to his loss and the "Dead March" was played in tribute to his memory by Mr. Holden. A keen athlete, the deceased had played with several football clubs, including St. Stephen's, and last winter, before enlisting, was in the Walkden Central's team.

In his last letter home Pte. Vickers wrote: "We are doing as well as can be expected. We had a grand voyage. As I am writing we are being shelled. 'Oh, it's lovely' We get quite used to it. We are among the Indians and they are a decent lot of fellows. We are quite snug in our dug-outs. It is an old saying:'There's no place like home.' You would think so if you came out here."

Jesse was the son of John Vickers b.1864, a grocery warehouseman with the Co-operative Society, and Annie Vickers née Lindley b.1867.

In 1901 Jesse was living at 8 St Stephens Street, Kearsley with his mother and baby sister Eveline Victoria b.1901.

His other brother, Tom Vincent b.1887, was living a few doors away at 22 St Stephens Street with his other grandparents, Jesse and Elizabeth Lindley.

Jesse's father and sister Maud Emily b.1893 were visiting his grandmother Esther Vickers at 257 Manchester Road, Kearsley at the time of the Census.

Two other children - Elizabeth Annie b.1889 and Florence Hetty b.1891 died in infancy.

The 1911 Census listed Jesse as still living at 8 St Stephens Street with his parents and siblings Tom Vincent, Maud Emily and Eveline Victoria.

Jesse was employed as a cop packer in a cotton spinning mill.

His name is on Kearsley War Memorial.

Name Vickers, Jesse
Rank Private
Number 19380
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Kearsley, Lancashire
21 November 1894
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
8 January 1915
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
19 September 1915
Age 20
Grave or Memorial Hill 10 Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
CWGC DETAILS
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment