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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

John William Worsley

John William WorsleyBolton Journal and Guardian 17 September 1915

More 6th Lancashire Losses after Suvla Bay Landing

Still another Bolton man is notified as missing from the the 6th L.N.L. Regiment after the terrible engagement on August 9th in Gallipoli. He is Private (12117) J. W. Worsley, a single man, whose mother lives at 256, Lever-st., and who left his job in Canada to enlist in the home country at the beginning of the war. He served seven years in the Militia, but before going to Canada, two and a half years ago, he was employed by Messrs. Joshua Crook and Sons, ltd,. Deane-rd,. as a side piecer, and his name appears on the roll of honour in Connexion with St. Mark’s Church. Another brother, Joseph Worsley, of the 2nd Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers,was in the fighting at Mons, and is a prisoner in the Doberitz Camp.

John was the son of Robert Worsley b.1845, a cotton piecer, and Emma Worsley née Ridings b.1851.

John first appeared on the 1881 Census as a baby living at 23 Chapel Street, Bolton with his parents and sisters Margaret Alice b.1874, Sarah b.1875 and Jane b.1878.

In 1891 John was living at 6 Back Slaterfield in the household of Joseph Wild with his mother and siblings James b.1884 Elizabeth Emma b.1887 and Joseph b.1890.

John's father Robert was living at 8 Barlow Street, Bolton with John's older sisters Margaret Alice, Sarah and Jane.

In 1901 John was living at 17 Coe Street, Bolton - once again in the household of Joseph Wild and with his mother (styling herself as a widow) and siblings Elizabeth Emma and Joseph.

Robert was then living at 67 Well Street with his daughter Jane who by this time was married to Thomas E Jackson.

By 1911 John was living at 33 Back Slaterfield. Bolton with his mother. He was working as cotton spinner.

Robert was still living with daughter Jane in the Jackson household.


Name Worsley, John William
Rank Private
Number 12117
Unit 6th Bn
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Born Great Lever, Lancashire
Enlisted Bolton, Lancashire
27 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 34
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment