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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 Warren

Gorge WarrenBolton Journal and Guardian 31 December 1915

Edgworth Soldier Killed

The villages of Turton and Edgworth have learned with regret this Christmas of the death in action of Private George Warren, son of Mr. Warren, who for many years has been gardener at the Edgworth Children’s Home. The sad notification has been received from the War Office, together with the expression of regret for the King and Queen. Private Warren was exceedingly well known in the village, and his sunny and genial disposition endeared him to all who knew him. He enlisted on October 26th, 1914, when 17 years of age, and on his 18th birthday was en route for the Dardanelles. He joined the army as a member of the R.A.M.C. After a few months’ training at Aldershot he was moved to Wales, and ultimately transferred to the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers. In this Battalion he completed his training at Liverpool, and on August 15th sailed for the Dardanelles. Beyond the official intimation that he was killed in action no other hews is to hand. In civilian life he was employed at Know Mill Printing Company. These works have already one killed and one missing on the roll of honour. Private Warren was a very clever swimmer and diver, and in 1913 he was the winner of two silver cups and five medals. At Bolton he won the first medal for diving, and the first for life-saving at Haslingden. He was also instrumental in saving a life. At Morecambe he was first in the diving competition, diving 20 feet, whilst a similar award was granted him at Liverpool for diving, and also for swimming. He carried off the silver cup, and a championship medal for diving at Granton (Scotland), and won the second silver cup for a quarter mile race at London. Many expressions of sympathy have been received by the family, and these have done much to ease the terrible shock to them. Private Warren was a regular attender at the Brotherhood, and a worshipper at the Wesleyan Chapel, where a memorial service will be held on Sunday next. At the Parish Church, on Sunday last the “Dead March” was played in honour of the deceased soldier. Three Turton and Edgworth soldiers and sailors have now lost their lives, and one is missing.

George was the son of John Warren b.1855, gardener at Edgworth Children's Home, and Mary Warren b.1853.

In 1901 George was living at Garden Cottage, Edgworth Children's Home with his parents and siblings Pollie b.1879, John b.1881, Nellie b.1882, Henry b.1886, Minnie b.1889, Florrie b.1892 and William b.1895.

George was still living at the Children's Home in 1911 with his parents and siblings Henry, Florrie, and William.

His name appears on the War Memorial at Edgworth Methodist Church.


Name Warren, George
Rank Private
Number 3/24825
Unit 2nd Bn
South Wales Borderers
Born Edgworth, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
26 October 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
2 December 1915
Age 18
Grave or Memorial Skew Bridge Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey
Sout Wales Borderers