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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

Albert Edward Williams

Bolton Journal and Guardian 23 July 1915

Died Two Days Before His Birthday

Information was received to-day by his wife who with their two children reside at 16, Radcliffe-rd., Haulgh, that her husband, Pte. Albert Edwin (sic) Williams, has died of wounds received in the fighting in the Dardanelles. Pte. Williams, who died on 29th June, two days before his 28th birthday, enlisted at the Town Hall the week before Christmas in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He had been in the Dardanelles area for about 10 weeks. In civil life the gallant soldier was employed at Messrs. Walmsley’s Forge.

Albert was the son of Richard Williams b.1854, a puddler in a an iron forge, and Margaret Elizabeth Williams née Beddow b.1859.

Albert first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 6 Burlington Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Alice b.1878, Mary Jane b.1882, William b.1894, Thomas b.1896, and Sarah b.1890.

In 1901 Albert was living at 15 Jenny Beck Street, Bolton with his parents and siblings Richard b.1884 (who wasn't present on the previous Census) Alice, Mary Jane, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth b.1893, Ruth b.1895, Agnes b.1897 and Harry b.1900. Albert was working as a piecer in a cotton mill at that point.

Albert married Annie Harris b.1889 at St Peter's Church, Bolton on 1 May 1909.

On the 1911 Census Albert was listed as living with his mother and siblings at 66 George Street, Bolton and was working as a railway waggon shunter.

Albert enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 1 September 1914 but was discharged from the Army on 21 November 1914 as "being not likely to become an efficient soldier". By that point he had been working as a forgeman.

Presumably he enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers without mentioning his previous discharge.

Name Williams, Albert Edward
Rank Private
Number 17750
Unit 1st Bn
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
1 July 1887
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
29 June 1915
Age 27
Grave or Memorial Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
CWGC DETAILS
Royal Dublin Fusiliers