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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

George Waddilove

George WaddiloveBolton Journal and Guardian 17 September 1915

Former Eagley Soldier Killed in Dardanelles

Official intimation of the death of Private George Waddilove, 46, Primrose-st., Astley Bridge, has been received by his wife. The communication states that Private Waddilove, who was attached to the 1st Border Regiment, died from wounds on August 28th after an engagement, and this notice is supplemented by a message received by the wife of Private Robert Mason of Chorley Old-rd. (a soldier companion of Waddilove, who has also been wounded), which states that he was shot in the back on August 21st and taken to hospital. Waddilove enlisted on November 27th. He trained at Shoeburyness and was drafted to the eastern theatre of war in June. He sustained a nasty accident in the Regimental sports, severely injuring his back, which incapacitated him for several weeks. He was a native of Eagley, in which district he had always lived, prior to his marriage, and was employed as a spinner at Eagley mills, whilst he was a member of the Walmsley Unitarian Chapel and School. The deceased soldier leaves a wife and two children aged five and three. He was 31 years of age.

George was the son of Thomas Waddilove b.1858, a cotton spinner, and Emily Annie Waddilove née Bates b.1862.

George first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 11 Longworth Mill Cottages, Astley Bridge, Bolton with his parents and siblings Harriet b.1886 and Oscar b.1889.

George's mother Emily died later in 1891 and his father remarried to Sarah Sumner in 1893.

In 1901 George was living at 21 Hough Lane, Eagley with his father and stepmother, his siblings Harriet, Oscar, Ann b.1892, Beatrice b.1895 and Amelia b.1899 and the children of his stepmother, George, Jane and Alice Sumner.

George married Florence Isherwood b.1887 at Christ Church, Walmsley on 15 August 1908.

In 1911 the couple were living at 44 Primrose Street, Astley Bridge, Bolton. George was working as an operative cotton spinner.

They had two children, Thomas b.1911 and George b.1913.

He died on board HS Alaunia from wounds received in action (gunshot wound to abdomen) and was buried at sea. His personal effects as returned to his wife were; 1 pocket wallet, correspondence, 7 photos, 10 picture postcards, 1 purse, 1 cigarette case, 1 pocket knife and 2 pencils.

George's name is on Dunscar War Memorial and the Memorial in Walmsley Unitarian Chapel.


Name Waddilove, George
Rank Private
Number 18181
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
27 November 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
28 August 1915
Age 31
Grave or Memorial Buried at sea -
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey