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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 Wilkinson

Thomas WilkinsonBolton Journal and Guardian 5 November 1915

Killed in Mediterranean

Mr. Charles Wilkinson, 22, Villiers-st., Bolton, has received news that his brother, Pt. Thos. Wilkinson, 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fus., was killed in the Mediterranean on October 9th. Prior to the war Wilkinson had served five years with the Navy and enlisted in the Lancashire Fus. Last August. He resided at 17, Heywood’s Hollow, Astley Bridge, and worked at Messrs. Dobson and Barlow’s.

Thomas was the son of John Thomas Wilkinson b.1860, a self-actor minder in a cotton mill, and Rachel Wilkinson née Paulden b.1862

Thomas first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 15 Coop Street, Astley Bridge, Bolton with his parents and brother Charles b.1887. Thomas's grandmother, Mary Wilkinson was also visiting the family.

Thomas's mother Rachel died in the summer of 1891.

Thomas's father remarried to Ellen Birch b.1877 in 1896.

In 1901 Thomas and Charles were living at 56 Old Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton with their paternal grandmother Mary Wilkinson, a retail grocer. The brothers were both employed as cotton piecers at the time.

Thomas's father was living next door at 54 Old Road with wife Ellen and children Harry b.1899 and John b.1901.

In 1911 Charles was still serving in the Royal Navy as a First Class Stoker and was visiting his brother Charles and his wife Jessie at the family home of Jessie's parents (Richard and Mary Ann Jones), 15-16 Heywood's Hollow, Astley Bridge, Bolton.


Name Wilkinson, Thomas
Rank Private
Number 3161
Unit 9th Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 October 1915
Age 26
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Lancashire Fusiliers