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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

James Whitworth

James WhitworthBolton Journal and Guardian 27 August 1915

Killed by Sniper in Gallipoli

News has been received by his parents that Pte. James Whitworth, Border Regiment, whose home is at 3, Osborne-grove, Bolton, has been killed in Gallipoli. The information comes from a friend of the deceased’s, Private Herbert Leyland who says he was killed by a Turkish sniper at 5.00 a. m. on August 2nd. Deceased would have been 22 years of age on August 3rd. He enlisted in the first week of this year, and went to the Dardanelles during the Bolton holiday week. He was employed by the Haslam Spinning Company, and attended Park-st Wesleyan Chapel and schools. His brother Alfred is also in the Border Regiment, but is still in England.

James was the son of Alfred Whitworth b.1867, an iron moulder, and Emma Whitworth née Houlder b.1856.

James first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 16 Regent Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Elizabeth Alice b.1887, Alfred b.1889, Susannah b.1891, Polly b.1892, Arthur b.1895, William b.1897, Emma b.1899 and Ellen b.1900.

By 1911 he was living at with his parents and siblings as above with the addition of sister Annie b.1903. James was working as a bander in a cotton mill.

His friend and fellow Boltonian, Herbert Leyland, survived Gallipoli but was killed in action in France on 1 July 1916.


Name Whitworth, James
Rank Private
Number 19076
Unit "B" Coy 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
January 1915
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
2 August 1915
Age 22
Grave or Memorial Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey