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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

Alan Woodley

Alan WoodleyBolton Journal and Guardian 6 August 1915

Another Hero of the Dardanelles

Mr. P. Woodley, secretary of the Queen’s Picture Theatre Company, who resides in Sutherland-rd, New Hall-lane, Bolton, has received word from the Admiralty that his son, Alan, died from wounds on July 19th in the Dardanelles. The deceased soldier who was in the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Plymouth Battalion) was 21 years of age, and enlisted in October last. Prior to that he was employed as chief operator at the Queen’s Picture House.

Alan was the son of George Thomas Burr Woodley b.1866 and Emma Woodley née Williamson b.1866.

Alan first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 25 Beckett Road, Wheatley, Yorkshire with his parents and sister Margaret b.1900. George was working as a colliery clerk at the time.

By 1911 Alan was living at 200 West Terrace, Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire as a boarder with the family of Harry and Annie Smith while working as a chemist's assistant.

In 1911 his parents were living in Hunslet, Yorkshire where George was running a grocery business at three different addresses. Margaret was living with her Aunt and Uncle's family in Oldham.

Alan died on board the Hospital Ship ‘Rewa’ from wounds received in action.


Name Woodley, Alan
Rank Private
Number PLY/590(S)
Unit Plymouth Bn
Royal Naval Division,
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Born Wheatley, Yorkshire
Enlisted October 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
19 July 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Plymouth Naval Memorial,
Plymouth, Devon
Royal Marine Light Infantry